Yesterday afternoon I listened to the latest album from The Books, Lost And Safe. It is all that has been playing on my iPod since then. It is a beautiful folktronica mess that is much more accessible and listenable than their previous work. Rather than a free-form collage of found sounds, Lost And Safe is more song-oriented and uses more acoustic instrumental sounds. It is not as experimental and doesn’t rely as heavily on sampled material as The Lemon Of Pink, but still has a very playful spirit to it. Moka was definitely onto something in calling this the best album of 2005. It is damn good.
2005 also saw The Books collaborate with Prefuse 73 as he remixed/reworked their sounds into the Prefuse 73 Reads The Books EP. It is exactly the sort of avant-folk with huge post hip-hop beats you would expect it to be.