Depression: A Disease Lurking in the Shadows

April 21, 2015 2:53 PM

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Vince Grant has got the blues -- not the genre; he really has the blues. His new indie pop/rock EP starts with "Melancholia" and from there the next four tracks marinate in a bleak, cheerless, heavyhearted thirty-minute moody sonic sadness. Hippocrates said that melancholia steamed from an imbalance of the humors. And today mental illness is treated with a lot of medication: some useful, some causing problems rather than solving, still others restricted through law and social norms. But Vince seems to be using these tracks as a means of getting something out of his system to find his true, poetic self. And in doing so, he serves to help himself and others find themselves considering that depression and anxiety are the most prevalent mental disorders in the United States.

"I have of late, but wherefore I know not, lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises [...] the earth seems to me a sterile promontory [....]"

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