“My studio is a tractor garage that, from the outside, is just a shack,” The Books’ Nick Zammuto told The Quietus a while back. “But you go inside and it’s state-of-the-art equipment, and I love that tension.”
That sense of tension, be it of organic vs. technological, perception vs. reality, isolation vs. immersion, is a notable theme throughout Anchor, the sophomore album of the guitarist’s Zammuto project. Lead single “Equator” pitted folky pensiveness with the artificial backdrops of electronic music. Though a bit more playful, “Hegemony” had a similar dichotomy, as passionate salsa was juxtaposed by frigid ambient.
Today, Zammuto further experiments with tension by unveiling the album’s third track, “IO”. This time, there’s multiple threads being interwoven: the earthiness of funk grooves against robotic sounds; brash noise against lulls of pure quiet; and emotional instability against outright detachment. If all of that proves to be far too heady, though, the track is still a rather rollicking, Devo-inspired electro-pop number suited for basement dance parties bathed in cheap neon lights.
Listen in below:
Anchor is due out September 2nd via Temporary Residence (pre-orders are now ongoing). In support, Zammuto and his band will be on tour this October/November. Consult the full schedule below.
Zammuto 2014 Tour Dates:
10/26 – New York, NY @ LPR
10/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
10/28 – Washington, DC @ DC9
10/29 – Durham, NC @ Pinhook
10/30 – Atlanta, GA @ Drunken Unicorn
11/01 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
11/02 – Nashville, TN @ High Watt
11/03 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
11/04 – Cincinnati, OH @ Southgate House (Revival)
11/05 – Columbus, OH @ The Basement
11/06 – Buffalo, NY @ Sugar City
11/07 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott