Darkher is the alias of Jayn H. Wissenberg, a charismatic West Yorkshire-based singer-songwriter behind whose fragile elegance lies the creator of a powerfully emotive work. Her captivating music is characterized by slowly building storm clouds of guitars and even more Wissenberg's haunting, spine-tinglingly evocative voice. It is unprecedented dark music full of contrasts, at once powerful and fragile, wrecked and serene, combining a feel of both chilling loneliness and the warmth of hope, and it is veined by an atmosphere of esoteric splendour and a deep spiritual confidence.
If Darkher's first release, the EP The Kingdom Field (2014), epitomized her broodingly intense music, her debut album Realms even surpasses any expectations aroused by those first songs: slow musical upward spirals that brimmed with potential. Now, an urgent call for survival like "Moths," the faster paced "Wars" with its signature drum pattern and "Buried Pt. 2," which is marked by hair-raising strings, speak for the diversity of a future classic.
Lyrically, Realms mirrors the ominous and awe inspiring character of the music - the realms addressed on the album lie between this sphere and the unseen worlds before and beyond. The songs reveal Wissenberg's relationship with love, fear, death and spirituality and deal with the question how love can connect souls from past, present or future.