Ugly artwork aside, I’m very excited at the prospect of new music from The Books – the duo have been making odd, fascinating music for awhile now and I’ve no doubt that new album The Way Out (due July) will be no exception.
Their mix of classical, folk and glitchy sounds creates a gorgeous musical setting over which they fuck with and bewilder their listeners. Conversational segments, old documentary audio and stream-of-consciousness soundbytes create a synesthesia-like mood that’s as intriguing as it’s inexplicable.
New track Beautiful People is pretty straightforward, yet backwards – typical of the sort of Wonka-like behaviour that The Books instill in their songs.
The Books play the Button Factory on May 13th – not to be missed. Their Sugar Club video show a couple of years back was one of the best gigs I’ve seen/heard.