Music: Zammuto

For more than a decade, guitarist/vocalist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong created wonderfully indescribable cacophony as The Books

For more than a decade, guitarist/vocalist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong created wonderfully indescribable cacophony as The Books, pursuing a wildly unique and experimental sonic collage direction that borrowed technique from Brian Eno and Negativland, avant-garde-ian attitude from Frank Zappa and snarky wise-assery from They Might Be Giants. After four albums, an EP and a DVD, The Books closed up shop in 2012.


Just three months after announcing The Books’ cessation, the Zammuto quartet — which had been recording for the better part of a year — released their full-length eponymous debut to a largely positive reception. Just after starting sessions, Zammuto tested the waters with the 2011 Idiom Wind EP, which led Pitchfork to declare the Prog/Art Rock-tinged “F U C-3PO” as the year’s best new track. 

After extensive touring with Gotye, Explosions in the Sky and Snowblink, Zammuto finally got down to the task of recording its sophomore set, which the group crowdfunded through an Indiegogo campaign. Anchor, released early last month, shows Zammuto continuing to stitch a more conventional Indie Rock perspective to the Folktronic vibe and off kilter charm of The Books. 

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