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Nick Zammuto
We The Animals: An Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

Nick Zammuto’s score for critically-acclaimed indie flick We The Animals gets released via Temporary Residence. Zammuto’s music here hits the sweet-spot of gorgeous synthetic ambiences that one finds in the screen work of Mogwai. There is an extra-tender, extra-fragile, Postal Service-y beauty to cuts such as ‘It Was My Grave’ that is very moving.
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Paul de Jong
You Fucken Sucker

Best known as one half of folktronicists The Books, Paul De Jong has a nice little side-hustle in the form of his solo material. His follow-up to 2015’s IF augments the lustful experimentalism of The Books with the wide-ranging yet clear-headed aesthetic of an auteur. There’s r&b, spoken word, New Age drone, prog-metal and much more in the 14 tracks of You Fucken Sucker. Out via Temporary Residence.

The Books
Lost and Safe

Here we have a remastered edition of the third LP from seminal duo The Books. On Lost & Safe the pair of Nick Zammuto and Paul De Jong continue to take their highly idiosyncratic brand of neo-folk in ever-more intriguing directions. Much like the contemporaneous experiments of Animal Collective and Devendra Banhart, this record blends organic instrumentation with zany electronics. Lost & Safe was The Wire’s album of the year back in 2005, y’know...

The Books
The Lemon of Pink (Reissue)

Temporary Residence bring The Books blend of looping electronica and dense folk instrumentation back to remastered CD and vinyl LP. The Lemon of Pink, first released in 2003, established the distinctive collagist orchestral sound of the duo, combining cut-up cello samples, chanted vocals and stunning arrangements.

The Books
Thought For Food

Back in the early 2000’s the whole ‘post-genre’ thing was starting to kick off. We’d had The Avalanches’ Since I Left You, Gorillaz were the cool new thing and Animal Collective’s golden period was just around the corner. A less well-known but no less important addition to the stable was The Books’ 2002 debut LP Thought For Food. The manner in which the duo of Nick Zammuto and Paul De Jong applied the cut-and-paste electronics of Oval to a sort of alien-folk songwriting style was, and remains, highly original. Following on from its appearance in scores of those ‘Best of the Decade’ lists, Thought For Food now gets the reissue treatment courtesy of Temporary Residence.

Deerhoof, The Books, The Blow, Various
Puppy Love

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