Musick Most Dark

by Valentine Wolfe

Released 2012
Released 2012
13 tales from the steampunk macabre, featuring sultry soprano vocals and solo electric upright bass (there are no guitars in our music). Add in a dash of electronica and love of heavy metal, and you have a potent musical concoction!
  • 04:13 Lyrics
    Gaslight Fantasia

    Gaslight Fantasia 
    There’s a secret door - hidden in my parlour 
    There’s another world - hidden in the dark 
    There’s a gaslit street - waiting just outside 
    There’s a darkened path - lurking in plain sight 
    Bottom of an alleyway 
    Where the dead come out to play 
    I’m the whisper in the darkness 
    The shadows that embrace you 
    The dusk that will complete you 
    And call you home 
    To a life that you’ve been missing 
    A glimpse of the forbidden 
    Lost amongst the mournful 
    Yet now you’re home 
    Let’s distinguish wicked from the uncouth 
    Yes, I know a secret - ritual to observe 
    Bottom of an alleyway 
    Where the dead come out to play 
    I’m the whisper in the darkness 
    The shadows that embrace you 
    The dusk that will complete you 
    And call you home 
    To a life that you’ve been missing 
    A glimpse of the forbidden 
    Lost amongst the mournful 
    Yet now you’re home 

    yalpottuoemocdaedehterehw yawyellanafomottob 

    I’m the whisper in the darkness 
    The shadows that embrace you 
    The dusk that will complete you 
    And call you home 
    To a life that you’ve been missing 
    A glimpse of the forbidden 

    yalpottuoemocdaedehterehw yawyellanafomottob

  • 04:26 Lyrics
    You're Not an Angel

    You’re Not an Angel 
    I know you’re not an angel 
    Cause your wings are drenched in blood 
    But I also know I haven’t seen 
    Where your darkness really lives 
    Show me what is means to feel 
    The bitter anguish mixed with pain 
    A decadence I cannot find 
    I’m lost inside of my own mind 
    I know you’ve got a secret 
    Something that’s for sale 
    Services are rendered 
    When payment is in full 
    But that’s not the secret I’m referring to 
    I want something exotic 
    What you try to hide 
    I know you’re not an angel 
    Cause your wings are drenched in blood 
    But I also know I haven’t seen 
    Where your darkness really lives 
    Show me what is means to feel 
    The bitter anguish mixed with pain 
    A decadence I cannot find 
    I’m lost inside of my own mind 
    I heard a little rumor 
    You’re keeping something back I want to get inside 
    The filthy part of you 
    I want to rip aside 
    The shroud of propriety 
    I want to dwell in darkness 
    Find out what makes it yours 
    I know you’re not an angel 
    Cause your wings are drenched in blood 
    But I also know I haven’t seen 
    Where your darkness really lives 
    Show me what is means to feel 
    The bitter anguish mixed with pain 
    A decadence I cannot find 
    I’m lost inside of my own mind

  • 05:51 Lyrics
    A Thousand Little Deaths

    A Thousand LIttle Deaths 
    I gave you everything I had 
    Now it's too late to take it back 
    You said you loved me oh so much 
    And never would you hurt me 
    How I clung to that lie 
    I die a little bit each night 
    You're killing me slowly 
    Just like a poison 
    Your venom leaks through me 
    I die a thousand little deaths 
    But all that pleasure can't change the truth 
    Your love is killing me 
    Your love is killing me 
    How long does it take to die 
    Of a broken heart 
    I have been slipping away for years 
    A pinprick here, pinprick there 
    The color leaches from my life 
    I die a little bit each night

  • 04:55 Lyrics
    Obsessions in C Minor

    The echo of an angel 
    Who’s weeping tears of desire 
    Illusion casts my dying shadow 
    I simply must possess you 
    I simply must posses you 
    No law can keep me from you 
    I will hunt you, I will find you 
    I will take you for my own 
    An echo of a memory 
    And a world that shuns my shape 
    There’s no place on earth for my bones 
    There’s no room in heaven for my music 
    Last kiss goodnight 
    She is my elegant decay 
    I am older than your sun 
    I am older than the stars 
    Essence of my soul lives on in everyone 
    I am older than your sun 
    I am older than the stars 
    Essence of my soul lives on in everyone 
    The echo of her beauty 
    It’s long since passed away 
    Pearls encircle alabaster neck 
    And a velvet pall is her death mask 
    A creature singing in a lonely chapel 
    Performing a serenade no one will hear 
    I am older than your sun 
    I am older than the stars 
    Essence of my soul lives on in everyone 
    I am older than your sun 
    I am older than the stars 
    Essence of my soul lives on in everyone 
    The echo of an angel 
    Who’s weeping tears of desire 
    Illusion casts my dying shadow 
    I simply must possess you 
    I am older than your sun 
    I am older than the stars 
    Essence of my soul lives on in everyone 
    I am older than your sun 
    I am older than the stars 
    Essence of my soul lives on in everyone 
    The dying sound of the sigh of strings 
    My obsession, my lust 
    Fill this deserted menagerie 
    I simply must possess you

     

  • 03:49 Lyrics
    Her Ladyship's Remedy

    Her Ladyship’s Remedy 
    “Jealousy pricks at my heart like a knife. Your face is all I see. My heart stops at the thought of what you choose over me.” 
    1. One drop for dexterity 
    2. Two drops for purity 
    3. Three will bring the sleeping death 
    4. Four brings out the crimson rain 
    -eye of newt 
    -toe of frog 
    -howlet’s wing (colors swimming in the air) -adder’s fork 
    -blindworm’s sting (I start to hallucinate) 
    “Poison is the leveler, the judge who sits upon the court of infidelity and rage passing sentence on us all.” 
    Give it to a man who doesn’t understand how to please a lover, how not to break a heart. If he’s out of line, watch him drink it down. 
    IT WORKS JUST LIKE A CHARM! 
    Ladies often have different sets of needs. What may work for one is disaster for her friend differing amounts 
    different results 
    The Charm’s full Potency!

  • 03:42 Lyrics
    The Darkest Night of Winter

    The Darkest Night of Winter 
    Waiting for the moon to hit the sky 
    Then will be the time for you and I 
    To dance until our hearts explode 
    We will take the less traveled road 
    It’s the darkest night of winter 
    Waiting for the moon to hit the sky 
    Then will be the time for you and I 
    To dance until our hearts explode 
    We will take the less traveled road 
    Snow will help to muffle my footsteps 
    As I hurry now to the grove 
    I don’t want to miss my lover 
    We will meet out under the stars 
    it’s the darkest night of winter 
    Snow will help to muffle my footsteps 
    As I hurry now to the grove 
    I don’t want to miss my lover 
    We will meet out under the stars 
    My lover comes to me wrapped in a pelt 
    An arctic winter fur to keep us warm 
    The things we then will do on sacred ground 
    A blessing sought and never to be found 
    Our hands will seek the place of inception 
    Our lips continue work thus begun 
    The night after all holds many hours 
    To succor strangers rekindling pleasure 
    It’s the darkest night of winter 
    Our hands will seek the place of inception 
    Our lips continue work thus begun 
    The night after all holds many hours 
    To succor strangers rekindling pleasure

  • 03:28 Lyrics
    A Rose for Remembrance

    place it gently now 
    upon her still form 
    a rose for remembrance 
    a life now is gone 
    untold possibilities 
    waiting to discover 
    now lie unanswered 
    and fading away 
    no more her lips 
    will taste of this pleasure 
    time has bereft her 
    of lasting forever 
    a bleak disappointment 
    tired nonaction 
    stillness embodied 
    no longer my lover

     

  • 04:07 Lyrics
    Whisper My Name

    Whisper my Name 
    The dark shadows need hold no fear for you 
    A hushed whisper doesn’t need to send chills 
    Down the spine of such a pretty young thing 
    I’ll keep you safe 
    I’ll take you under my wing 
    Come with me 
    Let’s step over the Edge of Unreason 
    Whisper my name 
    So quietly in fear 
    Unreason takes over 
    But you know I am near 
    I know that you hide in terror 
    From the things that take away your smile 
    I’ve watched the light leave your eyes 
    I have seen all they do to you 
    I’m here now to tell you this 
    Not while I have breath in my body 
    Not while my eyes can still see tears 
    Never again will I allow them hurt you 
    Whisper my name 
    So quietly in fear 
    Unreason takes over 
    But you know I am near 
    Two hearts burning up as one 
    Never more to be alone 
    I look into her blazing eyes 
    And see my future written there 
    Whisper my name 
    So quietly in fear 
    Unreason takes over 
    But you know I am near

  • 04:50 Lyrics
    Black, Black Kisses

    If you want to be a heart breaker 
    Then baby, you’re safe with me 
    Cause I don’t have a heart to speak of 
    Just an empty black, black hole 
    If you want to play some rough, rough games 
    If you want to go for broke 
    I think I can help you out 
    I’ll go along for the ride 
    Black, black kisses 
    From your head down to your toes 
    They don’t mean a thing 
    Why would you ask for more? 
    I know I won’t feel a thing 
    When I see your pretty tear-stained face 
    Not even a touch of guilt 
    When I see your bruised and reddened flesh 
    Cause in the end we’re both alone 
    In matters of love 
    You want eternal and exquisite 
    Well, I can give you one 
    Black, black kisses 
    From your head down to your toes 
    They don’t mean a thing 
    Why would you ask for more? 
    Some pains don’t fade away 
    They leave a mark, a burn so deep 
    I wonder if I’ll ever feel the way I did before 
    Some wounds leave a lasting scar 
    I’m slipping into the dark 
    I’m losing all those bits of me 
    I don’t know if I can wake up from this dream 
    Black, black kisses 
    From your head down to your toes 
    They don’t mean a thing 
    Why would you ask for more?

     

  • 05:07 Lyrics
    La Cantarella

    La Cantarella 
    Something in the way she stares 
    Across the room at me 
    A sweet and gentle sister’s kiss 
    Can bring me to my knees 


    Bella mia, mio dono 
    Mia saggezza, mia creatura 
    E nelle vostre mani, sono stato 
    Sempre un arma 

    You’ve got a special something I need to exploit 
    You make my breath catch in the back of my throat 
    You are like the moon reflecting light across the night 
    I want to catch a little bit 
    I want to make you mine 
    A steady hand to pour the wine 
    Belies intent inside 
    A crafty mind so cleverly 
    Planning her widow’s weeds 
    You’ve got a special something I need to exploit 
    You make my breath catch in the back of my throat 
    You are like the moon reflecting light across the night 
    I want to catch a little bit 
    I want to make you mine 

    Bella mia, mio dono 
    Mia saggezza, mia creatura 
    E nelle vostre mani, sono stato 
    Sempre un arma

  • 04:22 Lyrics
    Lucy

    Lucy 
    The lights of London are in the wrong direction 
    A trick of the moonlight 
    Gliding across the graves, my mouth is hungry for you 
    Can you keep a secret? 
    It’s my beginning 
    The bed was empty 
    The tomb was empty 
    I’m counting on your discretion 
    Lying alone, my lips are red 
    Do you suppose I’m beautiful? 
    A wanton smile, redder than before 
    In the brilliant moonlight 
    Silver sound, ruby on pearl 
    Languorous ecstasy 
    Now I live alone in my churchyard 
    Do you suppose my sweetness turned to heartless cruelty? 
    The bed was empty 
    The tomb was empty 
    I’m counting on your discretion 
    Lying alone, my lips are red 
    Do you suppose I’m beautiful? 
    A wanton smile, redder than before 
    The bed was empty 
    The tomb was empty 
    I’m counting on your discretion 
    Lying alone, my lips are red 
    Do you suppose I’m beautiful? 
    A wanton smile, redder than before 
    “She’ll makes a very beautiful corpse, sir. It’s quite a privilege to attend on her. It’s not too much to say that she will do credit to our establishment!”

  • 04:48 Lyrics
    Reliquary of Thorns

    Reliquary of Thorns 
    There was a princess asleep in a castle 
    She was surrounded by a wall of thorns 
    The apples were monitored 
    The paradise was under siege 
    Now the thorns fall down around me 
    I can’t stop this forest of splinters 
    I can’t take the pain of these thorns 
    Stabbing deep into my heart 
    This princess doesn’t want a savior 
    Her apple is rotten to the core 
    Give me a thorn 
    I know how to use it 
    Her ladyship is a maiden no more 
    Now the thorns fall down around me 
    I can’t stop this forest of splinters 
    I can’t take the pain of these thorns 
    Stabbing deep into my heart 
    This princess doesn’t want a savior 
    Her apple is rotten to the core 
    Give me a thorn 
    I know how to use it 
    Her ladyship is a maiden no more 
    There was a princess asleep in a castle 
    She was surrounded by a wall of thorns 
    The apples were monitored 
    The paradise was under siege

  • 04:11 Lyrics
    Disarticulation

    Disarticulation 
    I’ve got bones in my skirt 
    An extra head in my bonnet 
    Mustn’t meet the constable 
    Some men just don’t understand 
    My husband brings home the cash 
    It’s never quite big enough 
    A girl’s got to find some honest means 
    To keep herself in luxury 

    Disarticulation: It’s a gentlemen’s occupation 
    No women need apply for we know you’ll only cry 
    Watching our frightful vivisection 

    I gently pry open the crypt 
    With the lantern, I peer inside 
    I’m here for the dearly departed 
    Fresh ones fetch the most coin 
    There’s a tidy sum to be had 
    If you don’t mind the grave 
    No one suspects a lady 
    Some men just don’t understand 

    Disarticulation: It’s a gentlemen’s occupation 
    No women need apply for we know you’ll only cry 
    Watching our frightful vivisection 

    Now, I would like to take a moment if I may, to address these most dreadful accusations and assaults on my character and indeed, my philanthropy. You see, I provide a valuable service to all the young medical students out there! They need all the help they can get to get ahead: good thing I’ve got a few to spare. A helping hand or two or three or six is really all they need to get a leg up in their studies. And they find the freshest selections in my hearse....er..wagon! my wagon! My prices are always a cut above the rest! 

    My friends say I look tired 
    I’ve mud on my boots and my skirt 
    I find I’m quite enjoying my nights 
    Cavorting among the dead 
    Don’t know why he wants bodies 
    I keep all the jewels I find 
    He’s up to no good with those corpses 
    Some men I just don’t understand

NOTES
Ever find yourself yearning to hear some Victorian Chamber Metal? No? Ever find yourself wondering what Victorian Chamber Metal is? Yeah? Your search is over! We present Valentine Wolfe: Purveyors, Performers, and Composers of the finest Macabre Melodies for Voice, Double Bass, and Electronics. Proudly Providing Elegant Decadence for all: Living, Dead, and Otherwise.

Goth? Oh yes. Steampunk? Oh, DEFINITELY yes, despite a lack of brown clothing. Reviews containing the phrase "milkshake of the macabre"? See below.

If you're curiosity isn't piqued, here's the TL;DR: take a sultry soprano, add 5 string electric upright bass, combine with harpsichord and various electronic dance beats, a love of visual kei, the Castlevania soundtracks, and Nightwish.

But don't take our word for it: here's what Dragon*Con has to say in the Daily Dragon (review by Joe Church):Performers Valentine Wolfe, a gothic duo from South Carolina, played Thursday night starting at 10PM. Their style infused heavy hitting bass with harmonized eerie vocals. The duo did not stop there—they added to their milkshake of macabre with a drum machine and electronic harmonies. Using the strings on the double bass affected a very nice touch to the complexity of the music.

Their style is not simple; they easily flow into many genres using their unique sound, blending gothic, vaudevillian, and electronic. Valentine Wolfe have created a sound that is as unique as it is mesmerizing. It captivated me and certainly had the audience enthralled.

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