Listening Party: Mesmerized by the sirens

  • September 6, 2023

•  U P D A T E   F R O M   S A M   R O S E N T H A L  •

Join Oscar, myself and fans of Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Let’s get together virtually to listen to the 2023 Mix of Mesmerized by the sirens and chat; it’s a text-only chat on the right side of the screen, there’s no camera, no stress. I hosted a listening party for Terrace of Memories in July and we had a really a good time. Hang out with other fans of the music from around the world, chat with everyone, ask questions, share whatever you want to talk about.

Mesmerized-era vocalist Oscar Herrera will be with us.

September 21, 2023
7pm West Coast / 10pm East Coast / 2am GMT / Noon Sydney AUS

RSVP for the Listening Party

The chat window opens 30 minutes before the album begins playing and runs 30 minutes after. Mesmerized has a bonus disc, but don't feel you need to stick around the whole time. The 10-song album will be done at 10:45 pm East Coast, then it’s on to the 10 bonus tracks.

Hope to see you there,

Purchase the CD, LP, MD or Name-Your-Price download at:

Terrace of Memories, final days

  • August 23, 2023

•  U P D A T E   F R O M   S A M  •

LP Jacket design file, sent to the printer

Hello. There’s 46 hours to go in the Kickstarter for the remastered edition of my 1992 ambient collaboration with vidnaObmana, Terrace of Memories. Join us in creating this physical release in three formats: 140-gram color vinyl (two color variations), CD, and MiniDisc.

The goal was reached and the first stretch goal has nearly been met as well, but we’re not finished here just yet! For the remaining hours the campaign page serves as a preOrder page — new backers are coming on board to join the team that made this possible.

There are 178 backers as I write this. Join us!

Stream & download the remastered album for free at Bandcamp.

Kickstarter backer TC writes:
“I'm so glad to see this campaign has been successful. Terrace of Memories is my all-time favorite ambient work, even more than anything by Eno. On Land comes close… but not quite.”

That's really high praise, thanks! Dirk & I both love hearing how much you enjoy our creation. Thanks to everyone who cares for and believes in Terrace of Memories. All of you made this possible.

Thanks to all who've pledged the Kickstarter. I look forward to a few more joining with us in the next 46 hours.

Mesmerized by the Sirens CD / LP / MD now shipping

  • August 10, 2023

After a successful Kickstarter earlier this year Mesmerized by the sirens is now available in all formats (LP, CD, MiniDisc & Name-Your-Price download) from our Bandcamp Store. Look for it at all streaming & download sites on the August 25th release date.

Black Tape For A Blue Girl: Mesmerized by the sirens

2CD in 6-panel digipak. 140-gram vinyl in two colors. CD and LP at Projekt European Webstore. Name-Your-Price download and all formats at Bandcamp.

“Sadly nostalgic of your loneliest days, gently disturbing music that sends your mind adrift on an ocean of reflection.” — Bside Magazine

More than a reissue, it’s a restoration! This new mix of Black Tape For A Blue Girl’s ethereal, evocative and existential 1987 second album flows upon its haunting thread, revealing the heart of its lush dreamscape atmospheres. Sue-Kenny Smith’s lovely British vocals float upon Sam Rosenthal’s electronic and organic darkwave, tempting within their lush mystery. Oscar Herrera’s passionate, powerful voice propels the majority of the tracks with “The sawdust scatter” capturing a late-80s goth rock aura. Rosenthal’s precise new mix — sourced from the original half-inch 8-track tapes — highlights an album even more enchanting than when first released.

Fire of Renewal writes on Bandcamp: A cherished return to times long gone, the pilgrim of nostalgia remembers. The bittersweet tears flow in heartbreak and ecstasy simultaneously. Such a great album.

Terrace of Memories Kickstarter

  • July 25, 2023

Hi, this is Sam from Black Tape For A Blue Girl. Today I’m inviting you to support the Kickstarter to create a remastered edition of Terrace of Memories, my 1992 collaboration with Dirk Serries (aka: VidnaObmana.) Your donations will make this possible.

Back Kickstarter now

Help bring Terrace of Memories to life

days to go

That $8000 all goes toward manufacturing the three physical formats: 140-gram color vinyl (in 2 color options), CD, and MiniDisc. I’m excited to create this reissue with the help of people who believe in our art and want to see this campaign succeed – people like you!

Stream the remastered Terrace of Memories album now at Bandcamp. While you’re there, RSVP for the July 29 Listening Party. 11am West Coast / 2pm East Coast / 8pm Belgium. Chat with Sam, Dirk, cover model Susan Jennings, & other fans.

Kickstarter is all or nothing; we need your help to reach the goal in order to create the LP, CD, & MiniDisc formats. If you want to go the extra mile you can support at higher levels with CD & LP bundles plus additional Add-Ons to increase your contribution and reward. This lovely new edition will exist through pledges from people like you — our patron of the arts.

Check out the full story at Kickstarter.


  • July 12, 2023

The URL you are looking for has moved here

Scroll down the page a bit, passed the Terrace of Memories Memorabilia…

Procession Magazine #9

  • March 24, 2023

Three page interview with Black Tape For A Blue Girl in the new issue of America’s Procession Magazine (#9 • March 2023). “Darkwave dressed with a deep, flowing intensity.”

Mesmerized is a go!

  • March 17, 2023

$11,264 • 125% funded • 227 backers
The goal was reached and the stretch goal as well. You did it! Thanks to 227 incredible backers for the support — joining the team that created this (soon to be) lovely release. Mesmerized by the sirens will be available later this year as a 2CD, LP (two color variations) and MiniDisc at the BlackTape bandcamp page.

25 hours to go, how’d we do?

  • March 1, 2023

25 hours to go, how’d we do?

•  U P D A T E   F R O M   S A M  •

in progress, design for the 6-panel 2CD digipak

Hello. There’s 25 hours to go in the Kickstarter for the new mix of BlackTape’s 1987 Mesmerized by the Sirens. Join us in creating this physical release in three formats: 140-gram color vinyl (two color variations), double-CD, and MiniDisc. Yes, MD! This will be the 4th BlackTape album on MD and the 10th to be issued on vinyl.

The goal was reached and the stretch goal as well, yet the campaign isn’t done yet! Backers pledged $302 today, adding their support to the team that creates this lovely release (and get bonus items only available at Kickstarter.)

There are 205 people on board as I write this. Join them. Join us!

Stream & download the 2023 mix for free at Bandcamp

Deven H wrote on Facebook: Awesome!! Such a fantastic job cleaning up the sound! WOW! The flip from the ’87 tracks to the 2023 tracks are insanely more rich and have such depth! It truly was like a “Wow” moment!! Great work!!

Fernando from Peru wrote on Facebook: Mesmerized by the Sirens is my favorite album from your band. That album accompanied me in a difficult moment (it was like escaping into a dreamlike space while listening to it).

Thank you so much. I love hearing how my music was there for you at tough moments. Much the same as This Mortal Coil and Dead Can Dance was there for me in the mid-80s (when I began recording as Black Tape For A Blue Girl.) It’s great knowing the art Oscar, Sue-Kenny, Alan, Walter and I created was able to do the same for you.

Thanks to all who have pledged the Kickstarter. I look forward to a few more joining with us in the next 24 hours.

Mesmerized by the sirens 2023 mix @ Kickstarter

  • February 3, 2023

•  U P D A T E   F R O M   S A M  •

Mesmerized by the sirens 2023 mix

My current Kickstarter dives into a new mix of 1987’s Mesmerized by the Sirens. Your support helps fund the rerelease of our 2nd album in three formats: 140-gram color vinyl, CD, and MiniDisc.

More than a reissue, it’s a restoration! I remixed the album from scratch! Stream the captivating 2023 mix at our Bandcamp page; you can download it there as well.

After 36 years, Mesmerized finally matches the way it has always played in my head — rich, detailed and distinct. Everything is more present, and the lovely vocals engulf you in their power and beauty.

Guillaume Roos writes on Twitter: I just finished listening to the 2023 Mix and it’s truly amazing, almost as if we’d been listening to Mesmerized from a distance for years without knowing. The music shines with so much more depth. I can’t wait for the CD!

There’s much more I could say here but as it’s all nicely stated at the Kickstarter, I invite you to pop over there to watch the video, listen to the difference, read about the process, and make your pledge.

I’m excited to be able to create this reissue with the help of people who believe in me and want to help this campaign succeed – people like you!


1987-Sam, photo by Walter Holland

The Scavenger Bride LPs are here

  • December 6, 2022

The Scavenger Bride vinyl arrived from Greece. I’ve packaged all the preOrders, and I’m bringing them to the post office today. It’s a single LP in two color variations, and includes a 4-page lyric insert. The album is remastered and available from our Bandcamp page. In Europe, faster service ordering from the label, The Circle Music in Greece, or from Projekt’s European Webstore.