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3rd album, 1998

All Music Guide: Like the PYEWACKIT EP which preceded it, the two-disc HOPE WAS sees Soul Whirling Somewhere’s music take a turn toward more organic, acoustic-based sounds. An oppressively dark and mournful album, Michael Plaster’s third full-length is in essence a concept record exploring the fallout from a broken romance, compounded by an inability to let go; each note is plainly deeply personal, and at times HOPE WAS makes for almost painful listening — it’s beautiful in its way, but it leaves the listener exhausted, especially over the course of two CDs.

When asked to summarize the feelings that went into making his 1998 2CD release, Soul Whirling Somewhere’s Michael Plaster, summed it up with blunt honesty: “Hope Was is about not letting go, not being able to let go, not wanting to let go — ever.” A surrender to hopelessness and despair wrought by the inability to accept and move on after a relationship is over, this double-CD set explores longing and loss, panic and pain, sadness and self-absorbed misery. Energetic, jagged, uncomfortable acoustics are juxtaposed against serene, motionless electronics, becoming a schizophrenic backdrop and musical metaphor to the forlorn feelings expressed on HOPE WAS.

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released May 7, 1998

Soulwhirlingsomewhere on Bandcamp:

1993 Eating The Sea
projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/eating-the-sea

1995 Everyone will eventually leave you
projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/everyone-will-eventually-leave-you

1997 Pyewackit (maxi)
projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/pyewackit

1998 Hope Was (2CD)
projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/hope-was

2001 Please sennd help
projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/please-sennd-help

2004 The Great Barrier (NAME YOUR PRICE best of)
projektrecords.bandcamp.com/album/the-great-barrier-name-your-price

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Projekt Records Portland, Oregon

Projekt is America's premier independent label specializing in passionately intense introspective music in the ambient, electronic, ethereal & darkwave genres.

“Rosenthal’s own group, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, was an early exponent of darkwave’s hallmark mournful cabaret.” —Craig Hayes, Popmatters, 2013

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