When a breakdown in communication between Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong led to the disbanding of the Books, you really began to fear for the inner ears of the absorbed. The duo operated on a shelf made for one, and were thus exempt from comparison to any which contemporary so when they slammed things shut for good, a gaping hole was left in their place. Though when Zammuto definitively relocated to Southern Vermont to lead an almost exclusively self-sufficient existence, whereby both the vegetation he and his wife Molly would cultivate, as well as the music he’d so diligently construct on all manner of bizarre contraptions in a shed down the end of the garden would feel absolutely organic, he produced a self-titled opus of sorts. For Zammuto was less a progression, and more a continuation of the lattermost chapters written alongside de Jong, and for that we should be unspeakably grateful to this day.
And today the time has come to go give something back to one of modern-day music’s truest pioneers, as Nick has established an indiegogo campaign geared toward what is, for the time being, known only as LP 2. All manner of screenprints, sculptures, special editions and so on are consequently available here, although it’s another artform which caught our attention this morning, for adorning the video kickstarting the campaign trail is a new number. Bristling with plaintive melancholy, if it lends a sense of despair to Zammuto’s tireless endeavouring to challenge then it oughtn’t, for Sinker is arguably the most cohesive piece we’ve yet heard of this, his latest incarnation. Led by prominent smacks of snare, snowy washes of processed guitar ebb and flow elegantly about Nick’s typically Auto-Tuned lyrical fancies and now, once you’re done with the tissues, how’s about you reach for that wallet?