‘PHOTOPHOBIA’ (Parliament of Strix – MR. OWL’s label) is the fourth EP by Jack Wilson, a veteran Pittsburgh poet/ hip-hop artist currently residing in Brooklyn. The term “photophobia” means an extreme sensitivity to bright light. It causes side-effects which can include migraine headaches, from which Wilson himself has suffered since a child.
“I get auras before a migraine,” says Jack, “which start like tiny punctures in your field of vision, like if you’d stared at the sun too long. As a kid, the only relief from these horrible headaches came from Tylenol, a dark room, and a cold cloth. Of the two EPs I’m about to release – the other being ‘ENTER to EXIT’ with Paris producer Keor Meteor – this project is darker, heavier, deeper underground.”
The EP contains 9 tracks culled from 7 different producers, including two tracks from Derek Dumont whose production was also twice featured on Wiz Khalifa’s ‘Taylor Allderdice’ mixtape. Moscow’s Malefique contributes two tracks as well, while Mr. Owl, Reverrb, and Rephrazed (all from Pittsburgh), All These Fingers (Detroit), and Quiet Noise (Wales UK) round out the rest. Mr. Owl’s “Most Mighty” also features Delaware MC Avant-Garde, whom Wilson met in Baltimore where they both lived for a short time. Baltimore is also where most of the tracks on ‘PHOTOPHOBIA’ were actually written.
On Wednesday October 3rd, ‘PHOTOPHOBIA’ will be available to stream free RIGHT HERE at pstrix.com, and for choose-your-price download via Bandcamp. Wilson will be celebrating the release of both of his upcoming EPs on November 1st with Terence Degnan and Stillborn Identity at Goodbye Blue Monday in Bushwick, Brooklyn.
Want to follow along with the lyrics? Click this “lyric scroll” link to open in any browser, click the image, then scroll away:
‘PHOTOPHOBIA’ Lyric Scroll by Jack Wilson [JPEG, 1.7MB]
Artwork: Jack Wilson
PRAISE FOR ‘PHOTOPHOBIA’:
“Earlier this year, I wrote a piece on an excellent hip hop mixtape entitled Consumers Become Producers. It had been some time since I had impressed by a hip hop mixtape and upon hearing Consumers Become Producers, I immediately began following Pittsburgh-based producer Mr. Owl and Brooklyn-via-Pittsburgh MC, Jack Wilson. I didn’t know at the time, but 2012 would be a GREAT year for hip hop. In fact, two of my favorite records released this year – of any genre – have been hip hop records (Killer Mike’s mindblowing R.A.P. Music and EL-P’s Cancer for Cure). So I was quite excited to come across the release of Jack Wilson’s latest pay-what-you-want EP entitled PHOTOPHOBIA on Parliament of Strix Records… I HIGHLY recommend checking out PHOTOPHOBIA and, as it is a “pay-what-you-want” release via Bandcamp, what do you really have to lose?!?”
-JERKSTORE @ SickChirpse.com
EP released on Parliament of Strix Records 10/3/12, Catalog # PSXE001