DARKHER unveil first single ‘Lowly Weep’
and details of new album“The Buried Storm”
DARKHER are now premiering the track ‘Lowly Weep’ as the first single taken from the beloved Northern English doom act‘s sophomore album “The Buried Storm”, which has been slated for release on April 15. The details of DARKHER‘s second full-length can be viewed below.
DARKHER comment: “The first single ‘Lowly Weep’ is a dark lullaby that speaks to the sorrow within”, explains composer, lyricist, and visual artist Jayn Maiven. “As with the death of winter and the rebirth of spring, it journeys from bleakness into a stirring entity of strength, renewing a connection to the spirit.”
1. Sirens Nocturne
2. Lowly Weep
4. Where the Devil Waits
5. Love’s Sudden Death
6. The Seas
8. Fear Not, My King
Darkness treads light as a feather. The voice of despair gently wafts through the air. Delicate pain wrapped in radiant beauty pierces the heart slowly yet without hesitation. The sinister yet beguiling images that DARKHER aka Jayn Maiven paints with her ethereal vocals, guitars, and added strings conjure iridescent cinematic scenes in which it becomes hard to tell whether there lies beauty in darkness or if it is the other way around.
With her sophomore full-length “The Buried Storm”, the guitarist, composer, lyricist, and producer has clearly succeeded to even improve the beloved alchemic musical formula that was firmly established on DARKHER‘s debut album “Realms” in 2016. Her mostly eerie and at times even outright sinister sonic storytelling comes refined on every level and with sharpened contrasts that reflect the ongoing learning-process of their creator.
DARKHER were conceived as the sole brainchild and solo-project of Northern English singer and guitarist Jayn Maiven in 2012. The dark and melancholic yet also massively heavy sound on the self-titled debut EP “Darkher” (2013) combined with the distinct vocals of the shy pre-Raphaelite beauty caused an audible buzz – particularly in the doom scene and brought DARKHER a quick record deal, which led to the following EP “The Kingdom Field” (2014) appearing via Prophecy Productions.
Despite not even having an album out, DARKHER were invited to prestigious festivals such as Roadburn in Tilburg, The Netherlands and Prophecy Fest in the Cave of Balve, where the English delivered widely celebrated performances. In 2016, the highly anticipated debut full-length “Realms” was finally released to much praise from critics and fans alike. Press compared DARKHER‘s music with a wide range of highly individual acts such as CHELSEA WOLFE, ESBEN AND THE WITCH, SÓLSTAFIR, LOREENA MCKENNITT, and PORTISHEAD.
In the meantime, Jayn’s long-time drummer Christopher Smith, who already contributed to earlier releases, live shows, and again on “The Buried Storm” has been added as permanent member to the line-up of DARKHER.
“The Buried Storm” gives shape to the darkness lurking at the edge of consciousness, hidden from plain sight but patiently biding its time to strike out at the heart. DARKHER have delivered another frightening masterpiece that easily transcends musical boundaries with its broad appeal to friends of dark sounds regardless of genre. “The Buried Storm” captivates its listeners with deceptive sweetness – only to bind them tightly within a thorn-spiked nocturnal beauty forevermore.
Release date: April 15, 2022
Jayn Maiven aka Darkher – vocals, guitars, bass
Christopher Smith – drums
Arianna Mahsayeh – cello
Melanie Chaplin – cello
Lambert Segura – violin
Ludvig Swärd (FORNDOM) – cello and background vocals on ‘Lowly Weep’
Daniel Land – background vocals and additional guitar on ‘Fear Not, My King’
Written, recorded & engineered, produced & mixed by J. Maiven
Mastered by Michael Zech at The Church of Sound Studio, Germany
Photography featured on LP & Digipak by Kathryn Pogue & J. Maiven
Photography featured in the Artbook edition by Ludvig Swärd & J. MaivenLayout by by Alexander Trinkl (Irrwisch Art Design)
Style: Dark folk doom
“The Buried Storm” is available as a 36-page hardcover 2CD artbook incl. 3 acoustic versions of album tracks, limited gatefold LP silver vinyl, gatefold LP black vinyl, and on Digipak CD.