Hello friends! Aaron Thompson here from Empty Streets – some of you might know me by ‘something else’ too, and I’ll let the rest of you find out on Google!
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I’m the singer / songwriter / creative mind behind Empty Streets, a dark and menacing synthpop solo.
Valentine’s Day has always struck me as a bit cheesy in the ‘chocolates and teddy bear’ sense, but I’m a sucker for any occasion that celebrates love, passion and usually involves tears – good or bad.
So whether you’re squatting with a loved one, or lonely as hell this Valentine’s Day, this playlist has something for both sides of the coin.
In no particular order, here are my 10 favorite dark love songs.
Empty Streets’ EP “Age of Regret” is slated for release in June. Check out the video for the latest single, “Age of Regret” below. Of the song, Thompson said, “Often times the hand that grants us our dreams also forever darkens our door. It’s a song about the pain of making peace with a world that has fed you with beautiful poison ever since. the first day. You want to take over the world, defeat your demons… but at what cost? That’s the price… that’s the age I regret. “
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Empty Streets, “Age of Regret” music video
Danzig, “How the gods kill”
Lyrically, it’s not much of a ‘love’ song (although I’ve always found everything Glenn does to sound like romance), but I was once an inexperienced young punk who started dating an older, much more experienced goth girl. . One night she put on this song, turned off the lights and gave me the best Valentine’s Day I have ever had at that time in my life.
Sorry, Danzig. Whether you like it or not, this will forever be a love song in my mind.
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, “In my arms”
It is quite simply one of the most beautiful songs of all time possible. I can’t even put it into words so I won’t try. Bonus Points – Nick weaves a good ol ‘major to God and religion throughout the lyrics, which is hard to do in a love song.
For me it’s an ode to a former partner and a long time relationship, a beautiful love song because it shows you can look back on someone you might not be with. not currently – but to be so proud of what you were together. It is a song that rises to heaven to allow two souls to find each other in eternity.
Andrew WK, “She is beautiful”
I feel like all Andrew WK’s track is a love song for life and existence itself, but this one is the most direct for a person. Not at all a ballad or “dark” just a shitty banger professing love for a beautiful girl as hard as they can get. If you ever hit the freeway at 100 mph because you’re TOO HAPPY to make your appointment and can’t get there fast enough… that’s what you are playing.
There are countless great Depeche Mode love songs out there, but what makes this one my favorite is the fact that even though it has such a cold and sexy beat that slips, that massive, brooding synth and one of the best chorus lines to sing in an arena already…. Yet, at its core, it’s a simple love song about just wanting to get away from the big city and have sex in nature.
Roky Erickson, “I Walked With A Zombie”
Next time you want to slowly dance with your goth sweetheart and go back to simpler times and better days, put on this song. If a zombie spawns, thru it.
Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, “I hate myself for loving you”
The ultimate anthem for the lover you hate to love and love to hate. This is the song you play right before having very aggressive make-up sex.
Prayers, “Black Leather” (Feat. Kat Von D)
The only duo on this list, true life lovers Leafar and Kat sound absolutely intertwined in a beautiful hellish landscape that’s as haunting as it is romantic. Leafar’s dark poetry is fully on display here with lines such as “Let my ashes dance with the wind, I rely on my blessings, I lose my skin”.
Nine Inch Nails, “Closer”
I don’t think there is a way to have this list and not have this song on it. Absolutely iconic in every way, I listened to this for years in my youth and imagined having sex while this song was playing would be the way I wanted to die… kinda still is.
In my opinion one of the saddest love songs of all time. Costello’s inner monologue with himself – grappling with the fact that not only will he never have the girl he loves, but he has to exist silently by his side as a friend and watch her die from a slow and miserable death at the hands of others the abuse is heartbreaking. Plus, “My goal is true” might just be the second best way to say “I love you” EVER.