There are natural similarities between the two, as Zammuto — the band — reflects The Books’ use of Ambient Pop textures, Electronic soundscapes and snippetronic assemblage. At the same time, there’s plenty of Daft Punk’s danceable Electro Rock, Beck’s sonic snark, eels’ lyrical vitriol (“Try getting off your ass, try picking up an axe/Things are getting overgrown, it’s time for ruthless cutting” from “Idiom Wind”) and even musical passages that betray hints of Todd Rundgren and Frank Zappa. Most of all, Zammuto has added just a shade of convention to his songwriting toolbox, creating actual song structures within the tangles of his electronic jungle.
Books fans may be down in the mouth over the band’s demise, but Nick Zammuto’s new chapter, as dour as it sometimes appears, should brighten their outlooks considerably.
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