‘In This Dark Time’ leads with a solemn hum of downbeat bass, stark guitars and pensive vocals, before building with upbeat electronics as Aime’s thoughtful lyricism shines a glimmer of hope and optimism for the future.
Regarding the single Aime says, “‘In This Dark Time’ is about being stuck in a difficult phase, desiring a rebirth, and turning to love to bring a new start. The song has a melancholic yet driven feeling, which for me invokes a sense of nostalgia, despair, and still, a hope for the future. I wrote and recorded the track recently at home during the on-going Covid-19 crisis. It is a reflection on these trying times where everyone is isolated, prompted towards inner considerations and facing existential fears.”
‘In This Dark Time’ follows the release of Aime’s debut single ‘What’s Up With The World?’ last month. The subtle alt-pop of ‘What’s Up With The World’ played as Aime’s meditation on the chaotic world we currently live in, and the power of love within it, reflecting strength in solidarity during a time where many feel a sense of isolation, numbness and anxiety.
Aime Simone’s character is both unusual and complex, dictated by a life that has experienced great highs, the deepest lows and the great challenges he has faced for the past 10 years. These have stemmed from a difficult childhood which led Aime to develop symptoms of PTSD, leading to many clinic stays in an attempt to heal, yet his inner demons ultimately led to a tragic suicide attempt.
What came from this greatest low actually helped create a change in his character, and after a chance encounter at a show of Pete Doherty, of whom Aime was a huge fan, blossomed a great friendship with the Libertines frontman. Pete helped Aime get out of his darkest place and what was seen within Aime was a miraculous reanimation of his life.
It opened doors for Aime to achieve previously unimaginable highs in his life, from leading him to become part of the fashion elite everywhere from LA to Paris and in-between, to sharing the stage with The Libertines as a young artist who had just started to write songs, while also experiencing the joys of fatherhood at a young age.
This is where we find Aime Simone today. His music reflects the separations of his disparate life and influences, pulling from his love of indie, his involvement in the Berlin techno scene, while also inspired by the likes of Lil Peep, Grimes and Kanye West, resulting in an exciting amalgamation of genres to curate his unique sound.