In a few weeks pop violinist Lindsey Stirling brings out a new album, which includes a piece inspired by and having to do with the new television series Dracula (debuting on NBC October 25). The sound matches the overall “look” of the program, with its vaguely steampunk sensibilities and soaring, gothic romanticism. Matching it of course is the music video, released ahead of the October 29 album. The newest Dracula is of course Jonathan Rhys Myers of The Tudors and Gormehnghast fame.
The music video itself contains some lovely images as well as giving some sense of what the series might “feel” like. For example, the image of a painting–one of nature, the woods, at night–hanging on a wall but also functioning as a window. Another is the Stirling herself dancing in the wooded moonlight, not unlike a wood nymph with a violin in lieu of Pan’s pipes. What we can learn from this in terms of background for the series’ story is that Dracula’s great love (explicitly identified as Vlad the Impaler) ended up burned at the stake before his eyes. Yet we can also see this is not the Victorian London of our own history, where lightbulbs certainly were never introduced in this manner nor would a young woman of any quality enter into a hansom cab with a gentleman alone. Or at least would never be seen doing so.
Presumably the music video is meant to whet our appetites for the story yet to come. Does it whet yours?