Nick Zammuto–formerly of The Books–has a new solo album on the way. As you may recall, I dug this dude’s last full-length, so, of course, I’m looking forward to what he’s going to be dishing up on this latest record of his. The title: Anchor. It’s currently looking at a Sept. 2nd release date on Temporary Residence Limited.
“Great Equator” is a chilly, serene ballad with plenty of throbbing electronics hanging in the background. It’s a track that subtly hypnotizes, but then it knocked me out of that funk with some jagged, angular synth melodies. The swelling instrumentation on the back end of the track is quite nice, too. Really psyched to see what sonic adventures Nick embarks on with this album!
“Need Some Sun” is one of Zammuto’s smoothest tracks yet, not really showcasing a lot of the strange, over-the-top eccentricities that were featured on his full-length debut. What seems most consistent about this track are Zammuto’s esoteric and personal lyrics, which are backed up with tense but quiet percussion and bass. The bassline actually reminds me a bit of something I’d hear Tool toy with back in the 90s–yes, of course I mean that in a good way!
Check a glowing review of Zammuto’s debut full-length below:
Click the widget above and grab a full stream of the new Zammuto EP, Idiom Wind. Zammuto is, of course, Nick Zammuto of the experimental music duo the Books. This new EP is out now via the UK label Make Mine, and features an exciting combination of original instrumentation, samples, and noise.
The Books’ late album, which was one of my favorite albums of 2010, was a surprising turn for the duo considering the increased use in vocals–not sampled, of course–in the music. Zammuto seems to be heading further down that road with his solo material.
With “Idiom Wind,” I can’t say much other than this: I find this song to be really beautiful. The swelling throbs of strings, dry drums, and the earnest vocals just come together into something warm, pretty, and well-arranged. I’m excited to hear what else Zammuto’s got coming down the pipe now!
This project also got some tour dates line up for 2012. Check ‘em:
Feb 3: Mass MOCA, North Adams, MA
Feb 4: 92YTribeca, New York, NY
Feb 6: Brighton Music Hall, Allston, MA
Following the release of last year’s the Way Out, which was one of my favorite 2010 albums, the Books spent a day last week recording a session with the good people at Daytrotter.
Follow the link below and hear four tracks, which include “Tokyo” and “Free Translator”:
And here’s a video for one of my favorite tracks from the Books’ latest album, the Way Out, “I Didn’t Know That”:
Nick Zammuto, member of the The Books, has a personal project. Fans of arty, glitchy cut-up music could be pleased by this first track, “Yay.” Others might be bemused, or irritated, by the by-the-numbers digital splicing offered here. Either way, if your appetite is whetted, Zammuto says his new ensemble should be ready to play live by the end of the year.
Nick Zammuto, one of the musicians behind of of my favorite albums of last year, has recently dropped a “long lost” EP of old material on his SoundCloud page. Enjoy via the stream above, and read the funny description below:
“HA HA! I can’t believe I found these. I thought (and kind of hoped) they were gone forever. These are from 1998 I think, during the Monica Lewinski congressional hearings, this is the actual vote that impeached Bill Clinton, 21 to 16 in some congressional committee. I was listening to a lot of Squarepusher back then… since then i kind of swore off breakbeats, although i eventually returned to them with ‘The Story of Hip Hop’ more than ten years later…”