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 2007 on Temporary Residence Format: LPx2, etching on D-side
Originally released in 1999 on Temporary Residence 2016 expanded edition
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.
Compilation of 3 EPs released in 2013 on Temporary Residence Format: LPx2, etchings on each side
Released in 2017 on Temporary Residence Records Format: LPx2