Paul De Jong (Of The Books)
Riding a wave of passionate reviews following the April 2018 release of his sophomore album YOU FUCKEN SUCKER, Paul de Jong invites you into his musical diner where everybody gets an earful: a menu of emotional acrobatics with the aid of cellos, or what used to be cellos, a bottomless library of exotic americana, absurdist sound and video snippets, a few mismatched costumes and hats, fake teeth and moustaches, all purposefully over-formalized, under-rehearsed, and at times, just right.
Dutch cellist and composer Paul de Jong is probably best known as cofounder of beloved collage- pop eccentrics, The Books. After the band’s breakup in 2011, de Jong embarked on a journey of musical, literary and visual discovery which to date has resulted in a jumble of albums of new music, concert performances and impromptu appearances, gallery shows, collaborations with colleagues young and old, and the unlocking of his vast archive of fringe media (aka the ‘Mall of Found’) to a succession of resident artists and researchers of all nations, walks, and ages. His albums IF (2015) and YOU FUCKEN SUCKER (2018) are out on Temporary Residence, Ltd.
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