Yesterday I received a new delivery of The ProjektList and I could not help but think immediatly about this blog post, as the mentioned newsletter delivered news about a band that suits perfectly our Singular Soundtrack. But first comes first, let’s begin with a brief introduction to Projekt Records.
Based on Oregon, Projekt Records is an independent record label started by Sam Rosenthal in 1983. It focuses on darkwave, ambient and shoegaze, and releases the works of Sam’s band: Black Tape for a Blue Girl.
Black Tape for a Blue Girl was formed in 1986 and its sound has remarkably evolved through time, taking on elements of darkwave, ethereal, ambient, neoclassical and even dark cabaret. With ten studio albums, Sam’s lyrics explore emotional worlds of conflict, love, desire, isolation, loss… I have been a fan of the band for more than fifteen years and if you want to get familiar with its music you can enjoy this compilation that gathers many of its more popular songs.
The Pleasure in the Pain
‘The Pleasure in the Pain’ was included in 10 Neurotics, the tenth studio album of Black Tape for a Blue Girl. As Sam Rosenthal explains:
Believe it or not, we did this shoot with no crew at all! Narcissa did her make-up, brought the props and had ideas on the interaction. Athan provided suggestions for staging and to do a lot of it lip synch. I conceived the story, did the camera work and the editing. Oh, and the lighting, built the chair, dressed the set, ran the playback and generally over-thought everything. But we wanted to make our first video in 20 years a jaw-dropping stunner. I hope you will agree that we succeeded!
The Video | Actors: Athan Maroulis, Narcissa & Sam Rosenthal. Conceived, directed & edited by Sam. Additional inspiration, staging and suggestions by Narcissa and Athan. © 2009 Sam Rosenthal.
The Song | Words & Music : Sam / Melody : Athan & Sam / Sam : guitar, bass & moog / Brian : drums / Athan : vocals