DARKHER is an intriguing, haunting trip through the mind and spirit of UK artist J. Maiven, a West Yorkshire-based vocalist / songwriter whose powerful, captivating music is characterised by doom-laden riffs, haunting, spine-tingling vocals, soul baring songs, layered with storm clouds of Guitars and pounding Drums. Creating extraordinarily dark music full of contrasts, including both chilling loneliness and the warmth of hope, the sound of DARKHER is veined by both an unsettling atmosphere of encroaching dread and a deep, otherworldly confidence.
DARKHER’s first release, ‘The Kingdom Field’ EP (2014), epitomized her broodingly intense music and created a stir across scenes, being hailed as “beautiful, teeth-edging horror” and “utterly brilliant”. Her debut album, ‘Realms’, impressively proved that the fire of great expectations raised by the debut’s spark were more than justified.
Lyrically, ‘Realms’ mirrors the ominous, awe-inspiring character of the music; the tales on the album lie somewhere between this sphere and the unseen worlds before and beyond. DARKHER’s songs reveal her relationship with fear, death and spirituality and question how love can connect souls from past, present and future.
The much anticipated, yet untitled follow up to ‘Realms’ is expected to arrive late 2020 on Prophecy Productions.