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.
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