A happy medium where computer geeks and hippies are essentially the same
As half of the defunct, avant-collagists the Books, Nick Zammuto made music that could be considered the opposite of rock ‘n’ roll in both construction and attitude — their sources were library music and spoken word snippets, and their albums were pieced together with the nerdy mischief of an academic prank. It was something so distinctive, a niche so well-defined, that it would inevitably run its course. Under his own name, Zammuto ever so slightly starts to interact with the visceral pleasures of pop and rock. The Bonnaroo-esque cover art isn’t misleading: whether it’s the percussive giddiness and Benihana vocal chopping of “Yay,” the puns of “Idiom Wind” or “FU C-3PO” jamming out hard on acoustic riffs and prog-rock laser effects, Zammuto is a happy medium where computer geeks and hippies are essentially the same people.