Gentle sounding wallflower Terry is not. She's all Jamaican sound but this is no cocktail in the Caribbean sun kind of thing, unless you are thinking Molotov. She talks of Jamaica as a place of “no unity, no love, nobody [getting] love round [Jamaica] again” and stays optimistic in the face of violence, corruption and poverty and what she sees and hears in Waterhouse – an impoverished area of Kingston, Jamaica.
Alright, alright, it’s not all anger and gloom. She has dance tunes, too, like “Jamaican Girls”.
TERRY LYNN - SYSTEM - DIRECTOR'S CUT from PHREE MUSIC on Vimeo.
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The System was shot on location in Porus, Jamaica utilising HD video shot by the Rickards Bros using PDR's still-photography techniques of the Afflicted Yard.
The composition, texture and use of natural light in The System is intentionally similar to a series of photographs taken by PDR in 2007 known as Friday Morning Market.
The photographs from this series documented a day in the life of a typical slaughterhouse located at the back of a community market in rural Jamaica.
In The System, the struggling of doomed animals, the brutality and indifference of the butchers and the slaughterhouse itself is presented as a series of visual metaphors that relate to the lyrics in Terry Lynn's song.
To be precise, the violence and nonchalance of the killers are direct references to the police while the pigs are a clear reference to the victims of police violence within a seemingly inescapable garrison - the slaughterhouse.