The New Orleans-based artist Derek Page and his project, The Victoriana, embrace the lush Romanticism of yesteryear. Taken from goth’s original concepts—to embrace the darker sides of life in the poetic cadence of a Poe verse, one brimming with elegance and a wistful sorrow—The Victoriana’s music recalls weeping willows, gilded urns and luxurious black crepe.
The song, “Violets of Your Neck,” would fit as a soundtrack to Beau Brummell’s most melancholic moments, during a reflective stroll through the garden in his most fashionable mourning attire. “‘Violets of Your Neck’ is an obsessive ballad for a love that produces the Fountain of Youth, leaving you as immortal as the violets in her perfume,” says Page of the song.
With a Ferry-esqe dandyism mingled with Mick Karn’s iconic bass work, the song is delicate and sleek: post-punk at its most glam. Part New Romantic, part Gary Numan’s blue era, The Victoriana is the antidote to the doldrum darkwave of today. Listen below:
The 7″ single of “Violets of Your Neck” is available via Dream Recordings.
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