The Books’ music is simultaneously funny, innovative, catchy and enlightening. They use found sound and spoken word mixed with innovative recording techniques and acoustic instruments to create beautiful sound-collages that somehow create unity between all these disparate sources, as if they were all meant to be together. Everything these guys do, solo or together, is absolute genius.
Released in 2016 on Thrill Jockey Records Format: LP
Released in 2009 on Thrill Jockey Records Format: LP
Originally released in 2001 on Capital Records 2008 Pressing Format: 10″x2
Released in 2014 on Sargent House Format: LPx2, marbled grey vinyl
Released in 1998 on Drag City Format: LP
Darkly cinematic rock instrumentals with some creeping, Dostoevskian vibes. This is probably the most meticulous and progressive album I’ve heard from these guys, who are always finding new ways of funneling their omnivorous library of influences into their dramatic and atmospheric psych rock stylings.
The new album from guitarist Yonatan Gat finds cohesiveness in its sprawling diversity. Stylistically it combines the rawness of garage rock, the thematic improvisation of Free jazz, and the experimental editing of musique concréte with psychedelic production, Arabic and Klezmer scales and surfy tremelo guitars.
Released in 2007 on Young God Records Format: LPx2
Album Information: Released in 1973 on Virgin Records Origin: Hamburg, Germany
Album Information: Released in 2009 on Dead Oceans Format: LPx2, 45rpm Catalogue: DOC012 Description: These guys are my favorite American … More
Album Information: Released in 2007 by Polyvinyl Record Co
For fans of eclectic psych rock, communal freakfolk celebrations, and references to Kurt Vonnegut and Pharoah Sanders