If you’re reading this blog, chances are you familiar with the work of The Books. That incredible duo had a peerless run of records that meshed their pop senses with classically-trained musicianship and a playful use of found sound samples. Their breakup, while probably the right decision for both Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong, left many a fan reeling.
Lucky for us and the world, Zammuto has returned with a new project – called simply enough Zammuto – which expands on The Books sound, replacing almost all the synthesized aspects of his previous group with live instrumentation, particularly via the jazzy fluidity of the band’s drummer Sean Dixon.
Today – in advance of the band’s first Portland show tonight at the Doug Fir Lounge – we present to you, not only a stream of the band’s debut (above) but an interview conducted by friend of the blog/DJ/writer/man about Chicago Dylan Peterson, originally recorded and broadcast via CHIRP Radio.