The Books

Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong splice obscure vocal samples into fluttering, minimalist folk songs, synchronizing them with hypnotic video installations in a live show that makes for an awesome multimedia experience. Blending their samples with original vocals, the Books' playful fascination with language is at once disarming and alluring in its cultivation of a rich, organic sound, its skittering acoustic guitar and quavering cello intricately interwoven with percussive found-sound snippets. The Massachusetts-based duo are finishing a two-week tour of North America with their latest audio and visual experiments, previewing music from their upcoming full-length. The album, their first since 2005's Lost and Safe, is inspired by hypnotherapy and due to be released next spring. Whether arranging homemade sound collages from thrift-store cassette tapes or composing tracks for elevators in the French Ministry of Culture, the Books are uniquely capable of adapting their performances to most any setting. With Baby Dee. All ages. (Photo by Nino P.)
Tue., Dec. 1, 7 p.m., 2009

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