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Just Announced: The Books @ Babeville

Just announced: electronic found-sound artists The Books will appear at Babeville’s Asbury Hall on Friday, April 1. The duo from New York City don’t just perform live music, they integrate electronic samples with chopped up video sequences to create a multimedia performance that blurs the line between electronics and acoustics. They do this by syncing complex samples, usually from found sources, with video clips that blend with live folk-cello and guitar, creating a hypnotizing atmosphere. Which is exactly what guitarist and vocalist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong intended to do on their latest studio album The Way Out. Formed in 1999, the group have released four critically acclaimed albums, including their most recent, 2010’s The Way Out, on which they sampled sounds from a variety of sources found in thirft stores and garage sales, like decade old hypnosis and hypnotherapy tapes. Those hypnotic samples are the foundation of an album that concentrates more on feeling and reactions, rather than actual instrumentation. Though there are also complex rhythms present on The Way Out, the duo rarely use traditional drum sets, opting instead to use children’s toys, pots, pans, or anything that makes a unique sound.

Below is their video for the single “A Cold Freezin’ Night,” which the band also incorporates into their live set.