The Real World Gold version of Untold Things includes two bonus tracks: Adam’s Lullaby and Ave Maria, sung by Natacha Atlas.
“I wanted Untold Things to reflect the live work I’d been at the time,” says the classically trained, thirty-something Londoner. Pook sees the recording as a natural progression from her long association with Real World, where she’d been a keen participant in the legendary creative jams that are Recording Weeks and worked as a string player and arranger for Peter Gabriel. (As a former member of The Communards and co-founder of the all-female sextet Electra Strings she has also helped flesh out the sounds of PJ Harvey, Paul Weller, Morrissey, Nick Cave and Siouxsie Sioux).
Her work glides effortlessly between classical, pop and world music, and incorporates elements of dance, film and theatre.
Jocelyn Pook is what you might call a thoroughly Post-Modern composer…Like her fellow British composers Michael Nyman and Brian Eno, Pook, who trained as a viola player at the Guildhall, delights in breaching the boundaries between high art and popular culture. Her work glides effortlessly between classical, pop and world music, and incorporates elements of dance, film and theatre.
The Times (UK)
…her most ambitious stand-alone work to date:
11 string-driven choral pieces (ululations and sampled Yemenite chants included) that inhabit the space between contemporary classical and new age – Ligeti meets Enya, sort of – with a wonderfully Byzantine choice of instrumentation (shaum, psaltery and qanun) too. Haunting but surprisingly accessible. ***
Q Magazine (UK)