Review of Black Tape for a Blue Girl 'These Fleeting Moments'

Black Tape for a Blue Girl will re-release These Fleeting Moments next week – this time on vinyl. A diverse record, it encompasses an array of genres.


Black Tape for a Blue Girl will re-release their summer 2016 album, These Fleeting Moments, next week – this time on vinyl. The record represents a mixture of classical, darkwave, ambient, gothic and rock inclinations. A diverse record, fans from a wide spectrum of genres will likely find something to enjoy here. Meanwhile, long time followers of the group will be pleased to see Black Tape for a Blue Girl have not lost their unique style.



The vastness of life” opens These Fleeting Moments in a pleasingly recognizable Black Tape for a Blue Girl fashion. This four-movement track begins with instrumentation that somehow feels both sparse and sweeping. Deep and dragging background vocals compliment the sharp and clear lead voice in this section. The song builds to a breaking point – and then does exactly that. After a pause, listeners can hear the emergence of more classical instrumentation.

The string-forward second section of this first track weaves a gothic tale in music – evoking cold stonework by candlelight. Next, the piece takes another slight turn as female vocals enter, along with moderately ominous orchestration. Act four of this piece weaves a mystical vibe through natural sounds. Engaging and immersive, it closes the loop on a sorrowful but strong note. “The vastness of life” could easily become the basis for a full-length gothic rock opera.

As These Fleeting Moments continues, tracks such as “Limitless” keep the momentum up in a rock-infused style. “One promised love” then takes it down a notch, in a slightly tortured piece that recalls traveling storytellers of days long past. “Affinity” presents crystal and resonating vocals, while “Six Thirteen” is symphonic and foreboding.


Black Tape for a Blue Girl delivers a wide spectrum

Further demonstrating Black Tape for a Blue Girl’s diversity in sound is “Bike shop/absolute zero.” This track plays like a darkwave hipster ballad. The majority of this tune is comprised of straightforward, breathy, barely sung vocals, which paint a clear narrative. Despite sadness in the words, this song seems to have a sense of humor ingrained in it.

Later, the opening to “Please don’t go” has an otherworldly sensibility, as if depicting a foreign landscape. However, as the track builds, it evokes images of an old opera house. Classical and old world inclinations with a full-bodied undercurrent give this track appealing age and grace. “Please Don’t Go” feels like brushing dust off of old memories. Expert string work here increases tense sensations.

“Zug koln” is electronic and entrancing – like the opening to an epic tale. Rock fans will be won over here by the wailing guitar and weighted percussion. The tune immediately gets listeners moving in their seats and is certain to remain lodged in their heads for a long time.

A standout later in the album is “She ran so far away that she no longer can be found.” This is a piano-forward, but fully orchestrated, tune. Immersive and grand with a cinematographic feel, it perpetuates a sense that this whole record is a series of intertwining tales. “You’re inside me” closes out and ties the record together. It references material heard previously in the album – as though a narrator is wrapping up this chapter of an ongoing saga.

Black Tape for a Blue Girl turned out a strong and complex album with These Fleeting Moments. Listeners will likely require multiple listens to absorb the material – and will enjoy the process.

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