The title track immediately showcases Perspective’s wide vocabulary and lyrical intelligence. The song is political in nature, and the artist is not afraid to blame those in authority and power the for corruption he sees occurring around him. ‘Essential’ follows with a strong chorus, and includes direct criticism towards those who act out and speak about the same things each and every time. Once again, the rhymes are outstanding, and the beat/instrumental provides a solid foundation for the song. It is minimalistic, but works well, as the song features two very memorable parts (piano from verse to verse, along with the lead guitar riff in the chorus). ‘Essential’ is encouraging and empowering, a mature outlook on the music industry and life in general.‘Time’ displayed a bell/chime melody and quick flow. The pre chorus was fully instrumental, and very digital. The song got stronger as it went on, leading to a standout third verse.
‘Balance Beam’ was another example of Perspective’s large vocabulary. He has a good way of explaining a story or point with both solid flow and lyrical content; this was an example of his best work. ‘No Evil’ featured high-pitched melodies and dealt with deep, real life issues that went far under the surface. His lyrical content was spiritual, mature, and overall different than similar artists. ‘Space Cabbage’ featured a much bigger beat than other tracks with full instrumentation. Showcased on this song and much throughout the album are Perspective’s ideals: he is creating for the sake of creating, spreading positivity rather than greed, lust, or other similar topics that are usually associated with the genre. I appreciated the song’s message; lyrically it was another highlight.
The songs on this album fade in to each other very nicely, and ‘Trespass’ is no different. In my opinion, this up tempo, finite production was the most accessible and listener friendly song on the album. As far as a full song, music and lyrics, this was the best composition as well. ‘Primal Rituals’ was another good performance and full production. The natural sounds and production style were relevant, fitting with the title and feel very nicely. The story lines of this song and ‘Collateral Damage’ were blatantly out of favor with United States President Barack Obama. The latter track compares him to terrible world leaders who have committed horrible crimes in their own country, and around the world. The lyrical content informs listeners about secret (and now exposed) government practices, detailing how the NSA has destroyed our privacy and lives in general. ‘Again’, a slow, introspective jam, features great guitar tone and vocals that are sung well. The guitar fits well and is in good taste with the rest of the song.
The album closed with three final tracks; ‘Perspective’s Eulogy’ is very powerful, his intensity outright from the opening verse, and ‘In From the Outside’, which featured a nice beat for quiet reflection. The intro to ‘Thesis’ seemed like it was recorded underwater. The song picks up, coming in clear with a great picked melody on guitar. The guitar provides the general melody and the tags are sung well, the verses then again rapped. Perspective’s rhymes are very strong all throughout the album, and much of the album is empowering, consistently encouraging the best out of himself and his listeners. It is very refreshing to hear positivity out of this style of music even when such dark subjects are mentioned. Perspective’s latest release contains a few themes: corruption, the use of samples to introduce or enhance tracks, and positivity (rising above your surroundings and the present world). The album is not for the faint of heart, or easily offended; it is political and factual, filled with informal lyrical content and great rhymes. Enjoy our interview with Perspective below.
Could you tell us a bit about yourself as an artist? What inspired you to pursue a career in music?
“I have always been extremely intuitive and very expressive. Naturally an introvert, it has been very difficult for me to transition into the public realm as an entertainer. People who knew me back in high school still aren’t convinced that I’m the same person. I never had trouble expressing myself or my opinions, but I always suffered from severe anxiety, so getting those thoughts and opinions out of me was always an obstacle. What inspired me to start a career in music was the way things unfolded for me in my life. I furiously scribbled hundreds upon hundreds of “poems” which were pretty much raps until I had several full notebooks. When I had a large enough catalogue I decided to show one of my brothers friends and that was all it took to push me in the direction of making music. I have been writing for 9 years, rapping for 6 and performing for nearly 2; the progression is expanding at an exponential rate.”
Who are your biggest musical influences?
“My musical tastes vary quite a bit. I grew up playing guitar and bass and listening to Hendrix, Nirvana, Pink Floyd. It was more than just classic rock as well, as I listened to Reggae, Metal, Hip-Hop (both underground and mainstream). My biggest influences on my present style would be Atmosphere, Sage Francis and Immortal Technique. James Maynard Keenan of Tool has had a profound impact on me as a person musically.”
What inspired the songs on your latest album “Human See Human Do”?
“This album was a culmination of years of suppressed emotion and rage. Being the youngest member of the crew, I wasn’t given a chance to shine while I gathered an extensive catalogue of written rhymes. Now nearing over 1000 I had plenty to work with, but instead chose to draw from my untapped reservoir and write anew. The result was a storm of songs that touch upon a variety of topics from love lost, drugs, politics, to life in Waterville, Maine. It was finally my chance to unleash all the darkness I harnessed.”
What’s does the rest of 2013 hold for Perspective?
“2013 has been the biggest year for Perspective and my group, Indigenous Immigrants. We started our record label Designed Rebel Records and things have been taking off. At one of our shows in Portland, ME, we accidentally ran into Jonathan Demme in what I have dubbed one of the most beautiful cases of serendipity I have ever come across (if you don’t know Jonathan Demme, he directed the Talking Heads documentary and Silence of the Lambs). He was astonished at our lyrical skill and wordplay, saying our music is that of “the next generation”. He invited us to play at MIFF (Maine International Film Festival) and we tapped into a new demographic of fans that was entirely unprecedented. We have a massive festival lined up in September; in 2012 we were doing open mics, while this year we have done over a dozen shows, had two radio interviews and dropped my solo album as well as recording enough material for two more records. 2013 shows the incredible promise that the future holds.”