Mesmerising follow-up to his self-titled debut, The Books' lead chappie Nick Z is one of the true mavericks of the US underground / experimental pop circuit. This is definitely one of the best promos we've received this Summer and a high benchmark for Temporary Residence. For fans of The Blow, The Books, The Microphones, DCFC, early Dntel and The Postal Service. Endearingly quirky, playfully layered and intrinsically fascinating stuff with a genuinely tuneful aspect.
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Temporary Residence really do put out a mixed bag of spanners these days but the shiniest and most interesting spanner of late is Zammuto, getting right in there, in the works. I'm not trying to say the rest of the label's output is not at least serviceable. Maybe just a little rusty and dull compared to the delightfully forward thinking future-soul pop built by a chap who many would know as Nick Books. Don't let him in the local library! Oh no. You already have done.
He is a visionary musician with his mind traversing playful airy indie pop pastures yet with an acutely-honed percussive dynamic, a true understanding of dramatic R'n'B swing, live drum + bass, moody "trip hop" textures and how to mess with your head a bit. This funky and slightly confusing record is a slick, eccentric but intimate piece of home-made genius that will provoke much enjoyment for your big fat flappy ears. With both sultry female vocals and his goofier stuck-in-a-garage-being-a-tech-geek utterings I can't really think of a stand-out track from this particular weighty 'Anchor', one of those slap it on and get-lost-in-it albums that could be by any nutter I suppose. However the mother F***er really does get stuck in your head or at least grab your attention. And shackled to it is a big leaky boat flooded with ideas.
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