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Ashes in the Brittle Air by Black Tape For a Blue Girl

The classic darkwave album has been remastered and made freely available.

Originally released in 1989, Ashes in the Brittle Air is one of my favorite Black Tape For a Blue Girl albums. I suppose a lot of that has to do with the fact that it — along with Love Spirals Downwards’ Idylls and Soul Whirling Somewhere’s Eating the Sea — represented my first real foray into darkwave music (think a highly atmospheric, ambient form of goth music).

Heavily influenced by the ​“classic” 4AD sound (e.g., Dead Can Dance, This Mortal Coil), Ashes in the Brittle Air blends lush soundscapes with deeply romantic and melodramatic lyrics. (Sample lyric: ​“I hold you gently, your eyes so far away/​Searching for your justice/​Searching for your innocence/​Lost as a child adrift on a lonely sea.”) Highlights include the title track (which is arguably my favorite Black Tape For a Blue Girl song), the breezily acoustic ​“Through Sky Blue Rooms,” and the Slowdive-ish instrumental ​“I Ran to You.”

You can currently download a remastered version of Ashes in the Brittle Air for free from Bandcamp as part of a Kickstarter campaign to reissue the album in an expanded format for its 30th anniversary.


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