Marquee: The Books

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

Of all the brainy experimental acts to capture the mind of chin-scratching critics over this past decade, the one that most fully lived up to the hype was the New York-founded, North Carolina-based duo The Books.

Over the course of three soft-spoken LPs, Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong built their own universe from this one's disparate parts, splicing together found sounds and acoustic instruments into a gorgeous, carefully constructed collage.

Each of their albums - 2002's Thought for Food, 2003's The Lemon of Pink and 2005's Lost and Safe - is a distinct but unmistakable calling card. Unfortunately, they haven't released anything since then except the Nick Drake cover "Cello Song," a collaboration with Jose Gonzalez on this year's Dark Was the Night compilation.

A new album is finally coming next year; in the meantime they're taking their multimedia live show back on the road to show off some of the ideas they've got brewing. According to a recent interview with Pitchfork, the new material includes a song built entirely on tapes from the Talkboy device popularized in Home Alone 2.

Fellow sonic explorers Lymbyc Systym will open the show in the Wexner Center's intimate Performance Space.

The Books

When: 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17

Where: Wexner Center for the Arts, Campus

Web: wexarts.org