RED AND BLUE is a collision between digitally-processed brass and distorted synthesizer drones; atonal electronic pop and drifting field recordings; spoken word and unearthly vocalisations.
This is the first music released under the Simon Bookish name since the 2008 album EVERYTHING/EVERYTHING. Think of it as an extended, fragmentary, kaleidoscopic single or an experimental radio play. The text is inspired by the Cold War correspondence between Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, the twin icons of right-wing politics throughout the 1980s childhood that Leo Chadburn (AKA Simon Bookish) spent in a UK East Midlands ex-mining town. Thatcher and Reagan's words are fractured and half-remembered in the surreal 'libretto', which imagines the two politicians as a pair of '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 following objections by local councillors (citing purdah and political bias). RED AND BLUE deploys soundscapes and recordings not included in the film, besides expanding on certain musical themes from the score.
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"