Red and Blue [EP]

by Simon Bookish

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RED AND BLUE, the startling new release from Leo Chadburn (AKA Simon Bookish), is a collision between digitally-processed brass and distorted synthesizer drones; atonal electronic pop and drifting field recordings; and dense spoken word and song.

Taking as its subject the Cold-War 'special relationship' between the US and UK governments, it is by turns sinister, strange and mordantly witty, compressing dozens of musical ideas into 16 and a half minutes.

RED AND BLUE can be seen as either a hyper-condensed album, a segue between twelve fragmentary songs; or a kaleidoscopic, radiophonic experiment. The text is drawn from the correspondence between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, their words fractured and half-remembered, producing an image of the two politicans as surreal 'televisual spectres'.

RED AND BLUE is also a sister project to artist/director Jennet Thomas' 2015 film THE UNSPEAKABLE FREEDOM DEVICE, for which Chadburn wrote the score. Thomas' film, commissioned and exhibited by the Grundy Gallery in Blackpool, is a darkly funny science fiction fantasy, based on the idea of a futuristic 'cargo cult' of Mrs. Thatcher. It was threatened with a ban and temporarily postponed by local councillors (citing purdah and political bias), provoking a debate about censorship across the UK arts press. RED AND BLUE deploys soundscapes and recordings not included in the film, besides expanding on musical themes from the score.

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released November 27, 2015

Written, performed and recorded by Leo Chadburn
Mastered by Leafcutter John
Artwork taken from Jennet Thomas' film, "The Unspeakable Freedom Device"

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Leo Chadburn / Simon Bookish London, UK

Leo Chadburn (London, UK) AKA Simon Bookish is a composer of experimental and 'avant-pop' music, vocalist and writer. His unpredictable work includes music for classical ensembles, dramatic solo performances that merge his voice with electronic music, and music for film and installation art. It has been broadcast on BBC Radio 1, 3 and 6 Music, Resonance FM and internationally. ... more

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