2 fin de siécle
3 with my sorrows
4 for you will burn your wings upon the sun
5 wings tattered, fallen
7 remnants of a deeper purity
8 again, to drift (for veronika)
9 i have no more answers
The 20th anniversary edition of Remnants reintroduces a 16-page lyric booklet, with an extra 4-pages of candid photos. Plus a 4″ square sticker. Disc 1 was remastered in 2014, disc 2 includes an extra track added in 2013. Download a pdf of the full lyric booklet.
“Like Dead Can Dance, black tape for a blue girl dramatically flirts with symphonic decay.” The Philadelphia City Paper
“Black Tape for a Blue Girl is best described as the poets of the broken spirit, musically and lyrically exploring the heart of the human soul in all of its unavoidable sadness. That may sound like depressing stuff but it is far from it. The quest for the elements of love, of faith and faithfulness, and the essence of happiness as if they were concrete rather than the abstract rudiments of humankind, has been the unrequited search of all time. Given the absolute heartbreak of desire and free will, with all of its choices, most of which bode badly, it is little wonder that the great authors, painters, and composers of all time have devoted lives to the sad song of impossibility with the brush of possibility somewhere hidden. Black Tape explores these dark corners of deception, betrayal, love, hope, and rebirth perhaps more adroitly than any other band. The revisitation of Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s greatest achievement is a great cause for celebration. Works such as are found on this 2CD 20th Anniversary reissue of the classic Remnants of a Deeper Purity are priceless.” -musictap.net
Limited third vinyl double-LP edition available here.
black tape for a blue girl’s achingly beautiful neo-classical, ethereal, darkwave classic is given a 20th anniversary re-release with a bonus disc of additional music. Long droning deep tones overlayed by intense vocals from Oscar and Lucian as well as rich cello and violin arrangements from Vicki and Mera. The results are deeply mesmerizing and melancholy passages. The finished 77-minute album is Black tape’s masterpiece: exquisite and stunning. Wrapped up in the emotions of betrayal and salvation, searching for the deeper fragments of a truer reality — somewhere between sadness and hope — Sam’s words and harmonies weave a soft, opaque veil over a world where feeling is foremost, emotions on the surface, the heart laid bare.
Included on disc 2 are the ultra rare pieces, originally released on the with my sorrow maxi on Italy’s Amplexus label; also featuring 3 live songs recorded at the 1996 Projektfest (the first time live tracks have appeared on a black tape for a blue girl release).
“The ethereal, romantic sounds of Remnants is their richest work so far: tapestries of melancholic, often neo-classical music manifest themselves amidst waves of Rosenthal’s lush keyboards, haunting strings and the vocals of Oscar & Lucian.” – huh magazine
“These songs are remnants of universal feelings that accompany the experience of bonding with another human being and its aftermath – perhaps this is why the group has attained a strong cult following.” – Magnet Magazine
“Absolutely beautiful, bleeding emotion wonderfully portrayed.” – ink19
…from the 1986 album bio:
This album picks up musically where songs like “We watched our sad-eyedangel fall” left off: long droning deep tones overlayed by intense vocals from Oscar and Lucian as well as rich cello and violin arrangements from Vicki and Mera. The results are deeply mesmerizing and melancholy passages that draw from influences as diverse as turn-of-the-century minimalism, Indian classical music and occult dirge-rock. The finished 77-minute album is Black tape’s masterpiece; exquisite and stunning. Wrapped up in the emotions of betrayal and salvation, searching for the deeper fragments of a truer reality — somewhere between sadness and hope — Sam’s words and harmonies weave a soft, opaque veil over a world where feeling is foremost. With this release, Black tape for a blue girl draws together all the diversities of their past ten years, becoming the consummate modern day chamber orchestra whose maestro is our own inner soul.
”Remnants of a deeper purity is an album of rebirth — the internal analysis and exploration that paves the way for a major upheaval. arealignment of balances. searching through the fragments of a past. paringexperiences down to their essence. revealing the deeper core. the shatteredfilaments of truth and experience that will yet re-entwine to form a newhighwire of ecstatic life. the album is the contemplation of betrayal (byothers and of the self), the realization of a subterranean thread linkingthe past to current desire, the revelation of deep personal fears andinsecurities…and the attempt to reintegrate all of this into anindividual who can re-experience life and the beauty of existence. the lingering thought is ‘redefine pure faith’ so that we may yet re-emerge,renewed…” – sam rosenthal
Timeline of Remnants of a deeper purity release formats:
1996 – Original CD release (PRO68). Jewel case in a tuck box with an over-sized 20 page booklet.
2006 – 10th anniversary 2-CD edition (PRO186). Jewel case with a 16-page booklet.
2013 – 2-CD in an ecoWallet, without a booklet. Download a pdf of the full lyric booklet. Includes one additional track (“With My Sorrows – 2013 mix”) on disc 2
2014 – (Disc 1) Remastered edition in ecoWallet. 2CD without a booklet. Disc 1 remastered from the original DAT tapes for the LP & CD release.
2014 – 2-LP first colored vinyl edition of 300. With 8-page album-sized booklet, and CD in paper sleeve.
2016 – 20th anniversary deluxe 2-CD edition (PRO333). In 6-panel Digipak, with 2014 remastered disc 1, 16-page booklet, and sticker.
2018 – 2-LP second colored vinyl edition of 150. With 8-page album-sized booklet, and download code.