Clouds, written and performed with love, passion and feeling, for all the loving, passionate and beautiful people in my life that make this world a better a place because they are in it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Play the music and read the lyrics at https://www.reverbnation.com/darkuniverse/song/30347469-why-cant-i-be-you-dverse
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…
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.
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!