All You Need Is A POLL: The Books albums

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I haven’t really made a deep dive into what their inspirations are - favorite albums, songs, artists… even movies - but that could shed some light on how they approach music.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 9 October 2021 02:53 (one month ago) link

i like all of them but the way out is the one i love

ciderpress, Saturday, 9 October 2021 04:29 (one month ago) link

Currently revisiting their solo work and it’s cool to me how it’s so clear what each of them contributed to the sound of The Books. Paul seems quieter, more thoughtful and less concerned for textures, Zammuto’s solo work is more “childlike” or “crazy scientist” more concerned about having fun experimenting and obsessing about the way things sound. I might be wrong but Paul gives me the impression of being more of a musician and Zammuto more as a producer.

They do sound like they both learned from one another but their solo work makes more evident what their strenghts are and how they complimented each other.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Saturday, 9 October 2021 07:05 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Thursday, 21 October 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Friday, 22 October 2021 00:01 (one month ago) link

Totally forgot about these guys, will have to check the solo work. I wrote this as a Columbus OH show preview:
The Books
Thursday @ Wexner
The Books play (and sample) plucked, strummed and bowed instruments, while talking and singing with countless other sounds, also sampled (and played). Waves of fragments move calmly, and, on their first album,
The Lemon of Pink, venerable voices provide “helpful” gibberish. The Books like to ricochet through such decay, although the subsequent Lost & Save risks spelling this out a little too plainly, before zigzagging through unexpected insights and comedy. Their new version of Nick Drake’s “Cello Song” even grooves with the glitches of a cheapo CD-R! Which is where I put what the publicist sent me. A lonng time ago.

dow, Friday, 22 October 2021 03:16 (one month ago) link

sheesh after all those posts I wasn't expecting The Way Out to place last. I was one of the votes sooooo

frogbs, Friday, 22 October 2021 03:22 (one month ago) link

Sorry I can’t betray my inconditional love for lost and safe

✖✖✖ (Moka), Friday, 22 October 2021 03:56 (one month ago) link

Yup I didn't make it to Thought for Food in my relisten but ultimately ended up going with Lost and Safe. The Way Out is a little too busy and propulsive; Lemon of Pink felt a shade too subdued and calm coming after the last two in my reverse-chronological relisten, as much as I love it. Lost and Safe has the perfect balance.

Look at it this way: you may fall and break your leg

Lavator Shemmelpennick, Friday, 22 October 2021 14:40 (one month ago) link

one month passes...

you know 16 votes seems pretty low for this. I feel like every ILX thread on The Books a decade ago must've had like 4000 posts. hell there's even an entire subforum dedicated to them. guess it's just one of those things that didn't stick, huh

frogbs, Wednesday, 24 November 2021 04:29 (one week ago) link

there's also just the fact that this website's userbase has dwindled over the years... but yeah, it feels very "of its time." that's not to say its bad music -- it's great music! -- but i guess they've been somewhat forgotten about.

i would've voted Lemon of Pink, but I haven't heard their last two records so didn't think it would be fair for me to vote

josh az (2011nostalgia), Wednesday, 24 November 2021 05:59 (one week ago) link


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