[MP3] Spectral Park: “L’appel du Vide”

Spectral Park – L’appel du Vide

“L’appel du vide”, literally “the call of the void”, is an example of something Edgar Allen Poe called the “imp of the perverse“, a propensity to do exactly the opposite of what any given situation calls for. In this case, it’s the impulse some might feel at the edge of a cliff to jump, despite a rational fear of heights and possible injury or death below. Luke Donovan, Spectral Park‘s central inquisitor, shouts out to a presumed lover, “Aren’t you tired, aren’t you bored of all we’ve become?” It could be that Donovan’s “l’appel du vide” is giving up, or maybe throwing oneself into a dimly fated relational abyss in the first place (the lyrics are a little hard to make out). But could it be something greater, as Poe suggested? An urge for chaos, a submission to impulse, a desire to experience and understand what really can’t be experienced and understood? The real desire isn’t jumping into the void, it’s playing with the stuff that’s in there… exploring what you can’t see from the edge.

“And when you gaze long into an abyss, the abyss also gazes into you.” Maybe Nietzsche was onto something…

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