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Zammuto is a weird old proposition. From Nick Books, a man who has had no end of trouble with the security at Waterstones recently, comes his new bizzar-o-pop project which the care-free thieving little tyke has arrogantly named after himself. This collection of widdly prog pop funk, cascading cluttered psychedelic whimsy and even sleepy jazz rock is obviously incredibly clever and undeniably interesting.....but....but on 'Groan Man, Don't Cry' the treacly Laurie Anderson-esque vocodered manipulation gets right on my furry man-tits. I like people like Keiji Haino and Jessica Rylan who use their unhindered mental states and fearless use of vocal sonics as catharsis or with wild abandon. This effort in quirky genre-busting often ruins the multi-faceted and very entertaining music for me here. However the atmosphere drenched tumbling jazz-core ballad 'Idiom Wind' is a total marvel featuring a rich female vocal and a brief finale of fearsome strings. As you'd expect the musical experimentation is bewildering and very engaging. The Books' dense, tumbling sonic tapestries adopted within a more rock orientated oeuvre really do work well on occasion and may will appeal to some who likes Dirty Projectors, The Chap, Akron Family and maybe even MGMT. So the satisfaction /annoyance quota from this most virtuoso and baffling of outings is probably erring towards the touchline marked 'OK fair enough you're talented as fuck' But I don't really want to listen to another track again in any great hurry apart from the divine 'Idiom Wind'. One for the pop-beards and the art-chins.
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