The Return of Goth Girl was my fourth solo album, recorded in the summer of 2003, though, lyrically, it was written all over the place.
The album title was actually suppose to be the name of a collaboration I was to undertake, with a girl named Becky and another lyricist, who we will call M.D.; both of which worked at Denny's with me, on the west side of Madison, WI. Becky was to perform all the singing on the album, while I composed the scores and M.D. wrote the lyrics. It was to be on the lines of a Jullee Cuise / David Lynch / Angelo Badalamenti, union in music.
The intro track, Flight of the Raven, was primarily recorded for the album we planned to create. My singing was suppose to be nothing more than a concept track for Becky to follow and dub over with her own vocals. The last song, The Mystery, was another track on the supposed album, for the same reasons. In fact, there was an entire album of scores I had recorded for M.D., to use and dream up lyrics to (which he now has the only copy of). Sadly, as time progressed and we all went our separate ways from our work at Denny's, the idea of this album fell through the cracks. It wasn't until about two years later, that I decided to finish the album on my own.
When I originally finished this album in the summer of 2003, I revamped all the tracks, mixed them down and gave the album a more clearer, crisp feel. The first pressing I did on my own and was only at about 30 copies. I never sold them; I just gave them away to family and friends. I have posted this album up for free on various music sites (most of them shut down within this last decade). But now, here I am again, posting it up for FREE, for all to listen to and enjoy.
Please only download this album if you have an understanding for such bands as WEEN (especially with their early recordings) and My Bloody Valentine. It has a mix of Shoegaze, Electro, Goth and Garage Band sound. Also, to professionals, my singing is horrible. More of a cross between spoken word, and a tone deaf Dave Gahan.
*Bandcamp has a top limit of 200 FREE downloads per month, so grab it while you can before it is gone. If you get here too late, just wait till next month and try again. Hope you enjoy...or, at the very least, don't get sick from it.
released June 1, 2003
All music and lyrics written, performed and recorded by Michael Thomas Hasenfang, except:
Flight of the Raven; lyrics written by M. D.
Games; lyrics written by Brian Olson
Album cover: Pipistrelle by Stephen Mackey
Recorded @ Sh*t Sound Studio, Madison, WI
(c) 2003 Hasenmusic