Listener is a band playing “Talk Music”. I discover them during a Twitter link-clicking extravaganza. Other than the fact that I need to listen really carefully to hear the sing-talkers words (does Ke$ha count as talk music?), it seems like the reaction to this band has been incredibly positive, especially compared to some contemporary hip-hop artists and rappers. It’s not rap exactly. Or maybe every song isn’t like rap. But it’s like performance poetry but with more music. I definitely need to listen some more and take it in. So far, I’m a fan.
The first song I hear is here: Ozark Empire, or a snake oil salesman comes to your town. (It now seems obvious to me that a clothes dryer would make an incredible percussive instrument.)
There are, of course, several more found on their youtube channel and the band’s website (found here).
Take a listen.
Do you think this counts at poetry? Why/why not?