Sam Rosenthal

Before the Buildings Fell

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Previously only available in a limited-release cassette, Black Tape for a Blue Girl's Before the Buildings Fell is a collection of Sam Rosenthal's earliest electronic recordings. Songs like "Kathryn," "Fragments of Benediction," and "The Amber Girl" are elongated, atmospheric pieces that predate genre titles like electronica or darkwave, but still sound fresh and surprisingly warm over a decade later. Shorter pieces like "Resolution," "Leading to the Edge," and the title track keep the album's pacing interesting, and the CD's enhanced portion includes the full video for "Full Fragments of Benediction." A must for Black Tape for a Blue Girl fans, and worthwhile for fans of ambient, electronic soundscapes.

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