Complexity in Simplicity

by Jean-Paul De Roover

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The idea behind Complexity in Simplicity grew out of De Roover’s previous fascination with choice. Instead of being forced to choose between the metaphorical windows and doors of his previous album (pursuing ideals versus accepting reality), De Roover combines difficult concepts with simple expression for his strongest work to date. Integrating complex sounds within a pop-centred structure, his 4th studio album is all about incorporation, not exclusion.

In 2009, De Roover released Windows and Doors, a CD/DVD with unique 3D packaging. Instead of trying to outdo himself, De Roover takes a minimalist approach, musically and visually. Although the recordings still hearken back to his earlier work in terms of complexity, the structures of the various songs emphasize his new found appreciation of simple yet well constructed pop songs. To back up De Roover’s signature post-pop sound, the record features live drums and bass in addition to his guitar, vocals and added keys and synths. The intricacies of his unique writing style are demonstrated by his ability to embed complex themes (and over 100 layers of sounds on some tracks) and musical ideas within seemingly simple songs. Even the packaging maintains a stark contrast to the elaborate artwork of his previous albums.

Complexity in Simplicity was produced by Juno-nominated Ben Leggett of Corbeil, ON and De Roover himself. “Having a producer come in was a big step for me,” De Roover admits, “I’ve self-produced everything before this, but the collaborative production process between Ben and I resulted in some of my strongest writing. I can’t wait for everyone to hear it.” The album was recorded and mixed in Thunder Bay, ON at Dining Room Studios with engineers Chris Dorota and Dave Angell, and mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel Mastering. The lineup is complete with Dennis Dumphy on drums and Dorota on bass guitar.

Written over the past 4 years, Complexity in Simplicity opens with Silhouettes Pass (1), whose building atmosphere will be familiar to fans of Windows and Doors, with lyrics that hardworking independent artists everywhere can connect with. One By One (3) shows De Roover returning to his a cappella roots (as heard on his 2011 EP, Pitch Pipes) with a vocal heavy arrangement, but fully embracing his pop-driven writing with the inclusion of a full band sound. As he juxtaposes upbeat hooks with somber lyrics, De Roover’s listeners will find themselves simultaneously elated and reflective. Listeners will be surprised at how much fun they’ll have singing the powerfully bleak line “never in love / enough’s enough.” Dramatically different from his earlier albums, Man With No Hands (2), shows De Roover’s evolution as a songwriter, expanding beyond his own experiences, chronicling the story of a man who loses the ability to provide for his family and is betrayed by the very people that put him in harm’s way.

Hope (8) is about taking time for self-improvement and the realizations that come from those introspections. While some songs are empowering, Break My Soul (5) exposes his vulnerable side; “How about you break my soul / it will keep us together for one more night / I’m afraid of things like love / binding agreements you can’t escape from.” The album’s closing track, She’s Happy (10) explores the last moments of a tender goodbye where a young woman wears a brave face while bidding a tearful farewell to her lover, bringing the album to its bittersweet conclusion.

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released March 23, 2013

Independently released, March 23rd, 2013
Produced by Ben Leggett & Jean-Paul De Roover (SOCAN)
Recorded/mixed by Chris Dorota at Dining Room Studios, Thunder Bay, ON
Mastered by Phil Demetro at Lacquer Channel Mastering, Toronto, ON
Funded in part by the Ontario Arts Council

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Much more than just a one man band, De Roover uses live looping to combine rock, folk, electronica and a capella into his own well constructed hook-filled post-pop.

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Track Name: Silhouettes Pass
Everything's framed
Everything's raising questions
About the things we don't want to know

Everything's black
Even my face that's staring
Back at my reflection as I watch...

The silhouettes pass
As do the lights
That shine through glass
As I stare looking back
x2

I guess that I'm tired,
Suppose that I've tried my best so far
But it's still not good enough

The day has expired,
A bright star it casts down enough to
Help me on my way as I watch...

The silhouettes pass
As do the lights
That shine through glass
As I stare looking back
x2

Everything's framed,
Everything's raising questions
About the things we don't want to know

Everything's black
Even my face that's staring
Back at my reflection as I watch...

The silhouettes pass
As do the lights
That shine through glass
As I stare looking back
x2
Track Name: Man With No Hands
All alone
He never thought that you'd find him here
He's afraid
Of the thoughts he's had that you won't believe
All the while
He can't take his eyes away
Transitions that come fast
Apparitions that won't last

He was the man with no hands
The man with no hands

Don't go she said

No demand
For a man who's given his whole damn life
Understand,
Another meaning of sacrifice
And their child
She'll never feel his warm embrace
Transitions that come fast
Apparitions that won't last

CHORUS

Don't go she said

When the company took him on
Back in 1924
He had high hopes, a family, happiness
He knew, he couldn't have asked for more

But then the company let him go
When he was 32 years old
That's it, you're done, clean out your locker, son
It's time for you to go back home

They took away his means
His ability to provide
His hands they lie on the assembly line
He feels nothing past his wrists

CHORUS
Track Name: One By One
On your own, stay apart if nothing's grown
By her side, lose yourself in alibis

One by one
One by one

Never in love it's gone too far
Do I know just who you are
Or who you don't want to be anymore
Never in love enough's enough
One by One

Be yourself, believe in you and no one else
Identify, lose yourself in somebody else's lies

One by one
(our world's keep passing by)
One by one
(Don't ever say you didn't try)
One by one
(one by one)
One by one

CHORUS

Never in love enough's enough
Track Name: Clarity
You feel your breath
About to leave your chest
Swim on down
Knowing that you won't drown

With open eyes
Watering in sunshine
The changing tides
Metaphors for lifetimes

When time delays
You'll never have to face
The things you fear the most
Like silver rings and ghosts
But 'til then, you'll always find a way

Your soft exhale
And wonder why you're so pale
You've tried to cope
But not as much as you hoped

With open eyes
Glittering through half-smiles
The fading lines
Show me that you stopped trying

CHORUS

Ghost of a smile
Tears of a child
What you've become
Try to stay calm

CHORUS
Track Name: Break My Soul
I don't know a lot, but I've met a few
Plenty of girls that remind me of you

Keeping it simple, I don't have a lot
It feels pretty good now, so I'll keep what I've got

You think you're so special to me

How about you break my soul?
It'll keep us together for one more night
I'm afraid of things like love
Binding agreements you can't escape from

I've had a thought, That I want you to know
Thinking of leaving, to get up and go

As soon as I said it, I knew you'd be hurt
Nothing but pain, in that four letter word

You think you're so special, don't you?

CHORUS

I still hide away from love
You're not someone I've been dreaming of
So I hide away

I don't know a lot, but I've met a few
Plenty of girls that remind me of you
Track Name: The Same Old Lot
It's been a year since we've talked
I can't remember why
Let's forget our silence
And our introspection
What happened I can't recall

Sitting here in the same old lot
Thinking about the times we fell in love
Sharing our minds' intents
My heart laments that you've moved on now
You pulled away

Remember when we'd argue?
With trouble choosing sides
We believe in science
And our own achievements
But we could never agree at all

CHORUS

There is nothing left to say
'Cause we're running out
Of our best excuses
No there's nothing left to say

CHORUS
Track Name: I-30
Instrumental
Track Name: Hope
A paper napkin dances
In the front seat
I'm beside myself today
The wind is blowing through the hair
That I don't really have
And I don't even care

Hope will help me
Getting through these
Thoughts I felt I've wasted all along
x2

Covered eyes are glancing
In the foreground
The horizon hasn't changed
Focus on the little things
Forgetting they can shape
A modern man at heart

CHORUS

You've been with me a long time
Yes you know me oh so well
Yet you're stringing me along, mind
All against my will
Yeah, you've been with me a long time
But now the time has come

Get up, get up, get out

CHORUS
Track Name: We Will Be
Drove ourselves apart to make a change
On two different coasts we feel the same ocean's spray
We watch the sun go down
Feel our spirits drown
We walk on broken glass again

We will be, what we will be
From the clouds, to the tops of the trees
In between your love and mine
there remains, a sea of time.

Looks like a postcard I meant to send
It read that I hope you're doing well and that your body's on the mend
We watch the sun go down
Feel our spirits drown
We walk on broken glass again

CHORUS

Time is something we don't have
And I am one thing you can't have
We'll pretend we never knew
One another at all
Track Name: She's Happy
It's cold outside today
Waiting for the train
Her mind's made up
Will she ever feel the same?

No matter how far she goes
There's one thing she wants you to know
She's happy

She's homeward bound now
But just for a little while
Her heart beats on
But she misses me

CHORUS

No matter how far she goes
There's one thing she wants you to know
But with a tear in her eye
She waves goodbye