There’s Always Things Falling Out The Sky

A5 book, 52 pages, 2021; by Sammy Playford with artwork by Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould

Bigfoot. Niche podcasts. Hot Takes. The Tunguska event of 1908. These are just some of the elements swirling through Sammy Playford’s publication There’s Always Things Falling Out The Sky, a collaboration with artist duo Roxy Topia and Paddy Gould. Pitched as ‘part children’s book, part psychedelic headspace’, the illustrated front cover sets the fantastical tone. Bigfoot’s right ear pokes out from undulating, thick hair rendered in lush purple, red and orange hues. On the reverse cover is a left human ear, complete with earbud and hooped earrings. This duality suggests a synergy, or kinship, between beast and human. Inside a long-form poem draws us into Playford’s headspace via a stream-of-consciousness text that flows across the pages, framed by Topia and Gould’s corporeal illustrations.

Read the full feature on the Corridor8 website: