Monday, May 28, 2018

Full Length Review: JEREMY VOID Irrelevant Discourse (Independent) by Dave Wolff

Place of origin: Rutland, Vermont, USA
Genre: Spoken word
Release date: April 13, 2017
Irrelevant Discourse spawned from the mind of a poet, artist and novelist who has written fifteen books in the course of his career. Irrelevant Discourse is his third collection of poems since 2016, the first two being Absurd Nihilism and Word Vomit. Void's thoughts, based on personal experiences in his life, are not for the faint hearted or sensitive minded. His is the voice of the agonized, the confused, the disordered, the desperate, the depressed, the disturbed, and the near-insane. His verses have been described as deviant and devastating. He is said to deliver them like a kamikaze pilot, with a certain brilliance you have to seek with an objective, observant effort. Understanding what he is trying to say to the listener may lead to discovering the reality of human existence, if you are not part of the world that hides the most lurid characteristics of human nature from itself. If you thought the diatribes of Lydia Lunch and Diamanda Galas were intense, you need to listen to the fierceness and vehemence of this anthology. Void recites with a stream of consciousness that is like an all-out assault on your self-awareness, and if you’re unprepared  your world view may not be the same as before you listened. If you read the poems he submitted to this zine you’ll have an idea what to expect. His work is all the more effective if you hear them as he envisioned them. These poems not only assault your mind, they assault your soul. Inner conflict and introspection become one and the same the more you experience Void's work as he uses repetition to drive his point home about love, fear, hate, life, death, alienation, addiction, meaningless sex, destitution, emptiness, regret, self-destruction and especially  judgmental, pseudo-intellectual selfishness masquerading as morality. There are no efforts to whitewash these concepts or lessen their impact. They are slammed into your head with inexorable force, unappeasable in their desire to consume you. It’s hard to choose any single poem as an example as all of them hit you with such force you’ll feel you’ve lived through these experiences firsthand. The only way to completely understand. -Dave Wolff

Track list:
1. Broken
2. I begin to notice
3. PANIC || a t t a c k
4. In a New City
5. The Crazy
6. A Thorn in My Mind
7. Let me dream if I want to
8. Collateral Damage
9. Come Be Androgynous with Me
10. L-U-V
11. Talking
12. That which shall not be named
13. Evacuate!
14. The Siren's Song
15. Don't go into the light!
16. Self-Destruct
17. Timeless Indecisions
18. United We Divide
19. Soundly I lie awake
20. When the Night Comes Alive
21. Collateral Damage, the alternate version (featuring Gregory Higgins)

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