Pandora’s Box, What’s Inside?

The latest Dark Universe release, Pandora’s Box ushers in a new chapter in the Dark matters of the universe story book.

Pandora originated from the ashes of what was a brutally heavy demo inspired by The Handmaids Tale book and TV series, entitled ‘Bastardes Tyrannis’.

The song was allowed to develop into new form, finding its way into the D’Verse gravitational pull. The subject matter lightened up a little and Donna and I put quite a bit of work into multiple lyrical revisions, eventually becoming Pandora’s Box.

Check out Pandora on Reverbnation.

The backing was recorded by myself (Jaime) on Pro Tools and Donna adding vocals in the ‘inspiration room’ with Graham Greene at the console. The track was then reconstructed and mixed by J. The process was consistent with D’Verse’s Why Can’t I Be You.

And so, we venture into a brave new world post Dark Universe Mark 1 and the D’Verse electronic project. Essentially the two projects have been merged and will move forward as a ‘Jaime Page’ project, but with guest appearances as the music progresses. (As in the ‘feat. Donna G’ on Pandora). For future releases most vocal duties will be carried by J unless otherwise credited.

In a new era of music making where everything has changed, there was a realisation that one had to change with it, and the stripped back approach of D’Verse seemed the way forward, but bringing along the heavier guitar stylings and darker melodic nature of DU.

Expect much more in the coming few months as the music develops and the Dark Universe/D’Verse spirals collide.

Thanks for reading, listening and being so supportive!

Jaime Page, July 2019.

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Guitar As Voice

Jaime Page

It appears that there is a little more interest in some of my experimental solo guitar tracks, which is a pleasant surprise. What a great excuse to do a few more!

Anyway, check out the VIP bonus track version of SS Rejected from Into The Black and a demo called Open Your Heart, which would have been on the first album but never made it. 

Also checkout the rest of the catalogue on Reverbnation…

D’Verse – Our Elektrik Revolution

D’Verse is a sister project of Dark Universe. Stripped back, simple and hooky, we get to explore our poppier, experimental side. As with all Dark Universe related projects, the influences run deep!

We unleash the full original set at The Civic Hotel in Inglewood on Thursday, January 24 with an hour set as a part of the Double Showcase with friend and guitar wonder-person Graham Greene.

For more Dark Universe and D’Verse checkout our Reverbnation page as well as our D’Verse Facebook page…

Play the music and read the lyrics at https://www.reverbnation.com/darkuniverse/song/30347469-why-cant-i-be-you-dverse

Ancientvisionz Interview Jaime Page Dark Universe

Read the interview on Ancientvisionz with Jaime Page (Me!) on all things Dark Universe.

 

1. How would you describe your music?

I think my music is always evolving and can be difficult for me to categorise as such. On any given day it can veer from dramatic and heavy to bright and tender. My original intent was to create music that hard a dark, ethereal beauty.

2. What gave you the idea for the single title? 

Weight of the World reflects a crushing weight of oppression. It is quite universal. That oppression could be political, societal or simply the weight of one’s own expectations. The song title is often the starting point for my writing as it gives me an image in my mind’s eye with which to paint the music. I love titles that imply heaviness and I guess Weight of the World does that!

3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?

My songs are always fully formed before I present them to the band but I leave heaps of room…

Read the full interview…

 

 

 

 

Falling In A Dream Review

Steven Rocks

Song Review: Falling In A Dream (Pre-Release Preview).

Pre-release preview of “Falling in a Dream” by Steven Phillips of 70’s to now – we love it! on Facebook.

Thank you Jaime, this was an absolute joy to listen to, the emotions I felt were intense, and left me feeling uplifted.

It really is like Kate Bush and Black Sabbath had a lovechild, prog rock has a new anthem….soaring melodies with deep powerful undertones, power and delicacy combined, reminds me of Gestaltism.

This principle maintains that when the human mind (perceptual system) forms a percept or “gestalt”, the whole has a reality of its own, independent of the parts.

Look forward to the release, and a video I can spam to everyone on social media.
Keep going 

 

Falling Off The Edge Of The World

And thus, the time had come, and the mighty beast that is Into The Black reached its inevitable journey Into The Light. At last!

Okay so I am getting a bit ahead of myself here, but the truth is that we are almost there, and karmically apt date of 27/01/2018 will reach its destination, look over the edge and ruminate on the mighty leap of faith that is nigh.

As many of you know, I tend to runneth over emotionally, but that is what makes me who I am. The time has come to arrange said slathers of emotion into running order.

Now there is a saying in the Dark Universe that is a little similar to a particular news blog that rates tweets by a quantity of Pinnochios for their ‘fakeness’. Our ‘Pinnochio’ is a F***ity F***.

The F***ity F*** has found new meaning as we ride the wave of feelings we have for what we have produced. There has been an avalanche of said F***ity F***s.

I am personally quite keen on a concept we call PowerTrip. The idea is to rock you hard with the more immediate Power songs for a technical ‘Side One’ and then take you with us as we jump off the edge of the world, with our darkest emotional pieces. The ‘Trip’ so to speak.

Well, all I can think now is #F***ity F***. I am so proud of what we have achieved as a group and as a production team with Stuart James. I feel that we have extracted every single bit of emotion we could have done, and my god we have loved every minute of it. Well, almost, there was the time when.

More info about a release date coming soon!

Lotsa love

Jaime

 

 

Dark Universe – Shatter – Updated 2018

Shatter

Here is the final version of Shatter from the Into The Black album with updated lyrics.

We appreciate for support. Listen here for free and buy the album on iTunes. We still have some hard copy CD’s available. Buy yours here…

 

Shatter Lyrics (Into The Black version)

I never thought it would end this way
And who’d believe we would see the day
Finding out what it’s like to be
That’s the price of living free

I didn’t think it would hurt so bad
And I hate to think that I’d made you sad
But some things are meant to be
And I had to go…

That I’d end up as a memory
(And) One you’d rather forget
I would think of you every day
And the love that we had…

And My World Would Shatter

Some things don’t make much sense
What you see isn’t what you get
Still, I smile, believe in you
Turn and walk away

My World Shatters

I am who I am
We are what we feel
If God gave you everything
Then she took it away…
Just swept it away…

Then your world would shatter
It would shatter
Shatter…

Who’d have thought it would end this way
Who’d believe the price we pay
Give your life to be living free
Give my life to be

© Jaime Page Dark Universe 2018

Dark Universe’s Shatter Live: Deepest Black Friday, October 13th, The Civic Hotel.

Shatter is a new song from the upcoming Into The Black album. It is a poignant tale that has a universal (pun intended) theme. Whilst I have my own personal take on Shatter the crux of the song is about the price we pay for freedom.

Escape to freedom may come in many forms; abusive relationships, political struggle, racial, religious and gender/sexual oppression, and humans being horrid to other humans, which has been going on for aeons.

Shatter refers to the situation in which you are only accepted should you conform to someone else’s views or control. You escape, but the cost is a heavy one. I am certain everyone that reads this has had an experience that they can relate to with Shatter.

Anyway, when all is said and done be true to yourself, and break any chains that hold you down. You are worth it.

Jaime Page

 

Original Shatter Lyrics
(Since Edited but here is the raw version)

I never thought it would end this way
And who’d believe we would see the day
Finding out what it’s like to be me
That’s the price of living free

I didn’t think it would hurt so bad
And I hate to think that I’d made you sad
But some things are meant to be
And I had to go…

That I’d end up as a memory
(And) One you’d rather forget
I would think of you every day
And the love that we had…

And My World Would Shatter

Some things don’t make much sense
What you want is not always what you get
And when you try to take it back
They don’t want to know

And Your World Would Shatter

You would shatter

I am who I am
You are what you feel
If God gave you everything
Then took it away…
Just Swept it away…
Then Your World Would Shatter

It would shatter
Shatter…

Who’d have thought it would end this way
Who’d believe the price we pay
Give your life to be living free
Give your life to be me

 © Jaime Page/Dark Universe Records 2017

Special thanks to:
Donna Greene, Craig Skelton, Michael Burn, Bob De Wolff, Graham Piper, John Davies @21CC, Anthony Francis Steele, Maria Haskins @rockandroll, Andrew Thompson @ Big Squeeze Promotions, Stuart James, Daniel Low, and all of you that support us so unconditionally. xxx

About The Deepest Black Lyric Video

 

Deepest Black is the song that really started me on a new path of creativity. It took many years to work out who I was as a musician, but this song has given me a reason to go on ironically. (Read the words to get that).

I remember playing it in its first version to producer Stuart James at Kosmic. He practically started convulsing. Either it made him ill, or it hit him hard. The second option was correct, and Stuey has pushed and supported me ever since that day. We both love music that moves the soul.

The second victim was Donna Greene. We had just played a charity gig at the Rocket Room, which was our first glimpse of what would be our new musical vehicle, even though it was more to get Donna out and help her with the MS fight-back thing.

Donna asked me what I had been up to, so I played the same DB demo. Donna also convulsed. Not from the MS, or a bad tummy, but from a wave of raw emotion. You can see that emotion very clearly in this lyric vid. It may be subtle, but let go for the ride and immerse yourself, feel it with us. Donna also loves music that touches the soul, and at the deepest levels!

That is what Deepest Black is all about. The ability to feel. Empath along with us!!!

Jaime xxx

7th Heaven

 

Now that the dust has settled after the Gate One show it is time to get real and think about what comes next. My personal endgame is to get Dark Universe to the concert stages of Germany and beyond, taking our music far beyond these shores. I will make that happen I promise myself! It is time to complete Into The Black, and take off into the blue!

And…

Thanks to Pete Gardner for capturing a moment in time that I would bottle if it was catchable. This post is to basically thank Pete for that and credit the photo, one that I will treasure forever, along with my bass partner in crime Craig Skelton.

This fleeting moment of joy sums up exactly where I am in my life with my music and also myself. That it took me so long to bloom is crazy enough, but at least I managed to get there in the end.

Anyway…

 

Pic courtesy of Pete Gardner Photography. www.petegardnerphotography.com

 

Dark Universe – Listen For Free

I would love for you to listen to Dark Universe, and you can do that on Reverbnation. I am very proud of our work and want to share it with you.

It would be wonderful if you do like it that you would share it on your fave social media pages.

Perth, Western Australia is a long way from many of you, and we have limited financial power, so any help getting the word out about my album would be HUGELY appreciated!

Note the bonus track: Get Up Get Down not available on iTunes.

Buy Dark Universe on iTunes here.