Simon Bookish

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Simon Bookish


Released 07/10/2008



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An unpredictable and dramatic "big band song cycle about science and information", Everything/Everything is a new departure for Simon Bookish, being his first album for TOMLAB.

Additionally, whilst previous Simon Bookish releases have been informed by the sounds of digital synthesizers, Everything/Everything does away with them entirely to focus on live instruments.

Scored for an ensemble dominated by saxophones, brass, piano, harp and Farfisa organ, it features luminaries from both the jazz and experimental classical music scenes.

Whilst this is almost certainly his most pop-oriented release to date, Everything/Everything, as it's name suggests, finds room for moments of racing Philip Glass minimalism, lop-sided disco, expressionist cabaret, and even an eery ambient interlude.

Lyrically, the album's concept is "the flood of information" in our modern age, taking in chemistry and ecology, language and art, sometimes surreal, sometimes humourous, sometimes provocative, a weird blur of fact and fiction, delivered in Bookish's distinctive English-eccentric vocal.

It's only natural that Simon Bookish would want to tackle this chaos of stuff, since 'Simon Bookish' is the pseudonym of London-based composer Leo Chadburn, whose diverse recent work has included everything from sound-art installations in Bregenz, Austria, improvisation and guest spots with Leafcutter John and Polar Bear's Seb Rochford, and computer music for contemporary dance at the Royal Opera House to an acclaimed appearance with the National Theatre as "The Singer" in Brecht's "Caucasian Chalk Circle".

  1. The Flood
  2. Dumb Terminal
  3. Portrait Of The Artist As A Fountain
  4. Carbon
  5. Victorinox
  6. Il Trionfo Del Tempo... (Ridley Road)
  7. Synchrotron
  8. A Crack In Larsen C
  9. Alsatian Dog
  10. A New Sense Of Humour
  11. Colophon

„The science-informed concept album Everything/Everything finds the wonderful work of Simon Bookish -- somewhere between the informed wryness of Ivor Cutler and the continuing impact of David Bowie's archly English romanticism -- in full flight” Ned Raggett for
„The result, out on the ever-excellent Tomlab label, is one of the brightest pop records of the year. Of course, this is pop with qualifications - Everything/Everything is an undeniably clever album that explores a territory between the rhythms of Steve Reich, defiantly English vocals reminiscent of Scott Walker, the effete exuberance of Roxy Music and an oddly timeless, Baroque sensibility.” Luke Turner for The Quietus
“This is one of the finest albums of the year, and another step in Simon Bookish realizing his potential as one of the most consistently creative, challenging and interesting contemporary UK solo artists working today” John Brainlove for