New video: Richard James Simpson 'Job'
"Job" is the ninth track off of Richard James Simpson's sophomore, solo album "Deep Dream." The piece features Teardrain, an introspective power trio of which Simpson was a member. The track was written by Simpson and Jill Emery (Hole, Mazzy Star). Emery and Mark Reback (Slaughter and The Dogs, Vast Asteroid) are on bass/backing vocals and drums respectively. It was produced by Teardrain and Jack Waterson of Green on Red fame.
The theme focuses on towering apathy that plagues our current age. Profound indifference will inevitably usher in a new age of dehumanization of Biblical proportions. This era will precede the impending Singularity, in which man merges with machine. During the video, an individual can be seen watching footage of our troubled world and its troubled future. It is antithetical to a scene from the film Soylent Green, in which police analyst Solomon Roth seeks assisted suicide at a government clinic rather than face life in a dystopian, cannibalistic world. As he lay dying, he is permitted to watch, on an immense screen, dazzling images of Earth's former splendor.
Meanwhile, in the video for "Job," which sums up and represents the whole theme of the album, the protagonist faces a contrary predicament to that of Roth's - he wants as much life as possible and wishes to salvage humanity. In shock, he watches the horrors of the world unfold instead of its serenity. We can relate to the central character's consternation. As children, we arrive in an already aggressive environment, peppered with doubts, nightmares and confusion. Then, as adults, we face a far more hostile world that aims to replace humans with artificial intelligence. Concurrently, a tyrannical guild propagates a villainous agenda which involves increasing hatred and poverty; pursuing endless war; radiating the oceans while contaminating our food and water supply; murdering whistle blowers; and, most nefariously, telling never-ending lies, in order to facilitate a deadly, Orwellian state. This is not a tall tale, this is our advancing reality, and like our protagonist, we must either choose to see all of this with eyes wide open, or permanently keep them shut. It's ultimately up to us. Silence will be considered consent in this new world.
Richard James Simpson is the brother of the late Rock Halsey from the infamous L.A. punk band Rock Bottom and The Spys (which included Ygarr Ygarrist of Zolar X); and son of actress Renate Huy. Former member of alternative band Teardrain, Simpson released his debut solo album 'Sweet Birds of Youth' in 2017, getting excellent feedback on international music press.
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