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Simon Bookish - Everything/Everything (2008)

27-12-2015, 07:38
Pop | Rock | Indie | FLAC / APE

Title: Everything/Everything
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Tomlab [TOM121]
Genre: Indie Pop, Pop Rock, Experimental
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log) | Mp3
Total Time: 41:48
Total Size: 273 MB | 114 MB (Scans)

Review by Ned Raggett, AMG:
Switching from electronics to live instruments for his first album for Tomlab, 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. With the music provided by orchestrations from woodwinds, strings, brass, and much more besides, the feeling is one of playfulness, a resistance to and celebration of easily grasped pop forms and a sense that the world is there to be amused at and with. Even so, there are a couple of overarching models or two Bookish can't quite escape -- Stereolab is almost the gimme, thanks to songs like "The Flood" and the juggernaut of "Alsatian Dog" suggesting the meta-'60s pop of that group well at work, but with Bookish's none-more-English vocals in place of Laetitia Sadier's understated calls. The feeling overall is of self-possession -- there's a confidence in the sound, an inversion of "indie" as either withdrawn moping or rehashed anthemicism in favor of playful and direct collage. Therefore the smoother feelings of "Dumb Terminal" play perfectly against the stiff art-jazz breaks on "Carbon," and "Il Trionfo del Tempo"'s dramatic sound textures against Bookish's spoken words. To spiral from that into the immediate pop merriment of "Synchrotron" almost without a break -- and with no apologies for pushing one side of the approach and then the other -- is the sign of someone who has it just right.


01. The Flood 04:03
02. Dumb Terminal 04:06
03. Portrait Of The Artist As A Fountain 03:59
04. Carbon 03:11
05. Victorinox 04:06
06. Il Trionfo Del Tempo... (Ridley Road) 03:17
07. Synchrotron 05:16
08. A Crack In Larsen C 02:41
09. Alsatian Dog 04:10
10. A New Sense Of Humour 03:16
11. Colophon 03:40

Leo Chadburn - vocals, piano, miscellaneous
Alice Grant - vocals
Michaela Stapleton - soprano/alto saxes
Jim Slade - soprano/alto/tenor saxes
Glyn Hill - tenor sax
Tamar Osborn - baritone sax
Jonathan Morcombe - french horn
Dan Newell - trumpet
Joe Bentley - trombone
Tom Haines - drums, percussion
Chris Branch - farfisa, moog
Serafina Steer - harp
Chris Morphitis - electric guitar
Tom Herbert - bass guitar
Max de Wardener - double bass, bass guitar

Simon Bookish - Everything/Everything (2008)

Simon Bookish - Everything/Everything (2008)

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