In my past experience, strip clubs are not generally the happiest of places. Unless they have changed in the last few decades, they seemed frequented by mostly joyless older men, and populated with generally attractive women sometimes in it for the art of the pole dance, but always for the lucrative tips. It seemed what some women found degrading, others embraced. Yet for men, it always felt like an exercise in frustration, unless you dated strippers, or lusted after the spice.
Mareux was previously featured in my Audio Ambrosia Playlist #1 with his darkly sleazy track Gopnik about Russian “gangster-adjacent characters” that threaten fellow pedestrians for their money and electronic gizmos. Originally an EMT in Los Angeles intending to become a PA (Physician’s Assistant), Mareux (aka Aryan Ashtiani) started making music and after nearly ten years suddenly hit it big with his hypnotic remake of The Cure‘s “The Perfect Girl” going viral on TikTok and generating over 2.3 billion views. Both videos “The Perfect Girl” and “Night Vision” star Violet Chachki, the winner of the seventh season of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and both are showcased below for completeness.
“I’ve never really listened to goth music. Really, ever in my life. It was… just the music I wanted to make. And then, I kind of got categorized as being a goth band or goth artist. I’ve listened to all different types of music in my life. Then, my sister exposed me to a lot of bands back in the day, like indie bands. She showed me Interpol, [and] when I first heard their first album, I was like… blown away. I wanted to sound like them and, you know, kind of emulate them in a way. Then, that opened the door to Joy Division, New Order, The Smiths, and The Cure and like all the, you know, big bands of the 80s. So, yeah, I kind of draw inspiration from that.“
“For me, [this album] ‘Lovers From The Past’ marks the first time that my work has been organized in a very intentional and curated way. It’s taken me over a dozen years to get here from when I first began writing music as Mareux. It’s the absolute best bit of my creative qualities and storytelling. I love setting the mood and this album is incredibly moody. I hope it can inspire and connect with my fans for years to come,” shared Mareux.
The song’s lyrics have an imposing effect when sung within the confines of the dimly lit strip club backdrop. A gritty implication that his hunger remains unsatiated and possibly only one-sided. An undulating synth provides the deep-inset bassline throughout, percolating around the lyrics and bathing the track in grimly gossamer bells of heavenly heartache. This because on the precipice, the spice dances both ways.
Excerpts from BlurredCulture’s interview with Mareux are included above
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