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Gritty words for grotesque realities: Jim Byron – The Psychiatric Lottery

Avant-garde, atypical and demonstrably DIY is the name of the game for Jim Byron. Having released a slew of material this year, this Minneapolis Songwriter shows no chill in his relentless pursuit of poetic and social justice.

One such song, released as part of the May 2020 album, Apocalypse Lite, is the sharp and cynical The Psychiatric Lottery.

Pushed along by a sparse, rumbly drum beat, the song’s protagonist reflects on their mental health, having been admitted to a unit. Fans of singers who do their best to sound pretty (and somewhat tuneful) need not apply – Byron’s delivery in this offering is no frills and no nonsense, and is an all -too-obvious striking contrast to some of the instrumental choices in his material and his genre choice as a whole.

Despite a singing style that appears to have captured and combined the stylings of Bob Dylan and Rick Sanchez, The Psychiatric Lottery delivers an interesting commentary on society today; particularly in the context of the wider album of which it is a part.

You can check out Jim Byron on Instagram, and listen to the album, Apocalypse Lite, on your chosen platform here.

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Ed Eator

A lover of anything with a decent beat and a poignant lyrics, Ed's always been a big fan of the local music scene in London and the Home Counties. From rap to reggae; punk to pop, Ed'll listen to it all. After playing in a couple of smalltime bands, Ed realised that his passion lay in listening to new music and promoting other musicians on the scene. If you'd like Ed to listen to your new or upcoming release, drop him an email at

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