US pop-collagists The Books return with a new album on July 20, entitled The Way Out.

It’s the first album in five years from the cult duo, whose 2003 offering The Lemon of Pink was ranked among FACT’s best albums of the 2000s.

We haven’t heard The Way Out yet, but a press release alleges that it “expands on the charm and intimacy of past endeavours with a deeper emotional resonance and an ever-impressive marriage of seemingly disparate sound worlds”, achieving a “precarious balance of beauty, absurdity and accessibility”.

1. Group Autogenics I
3. I Didn’t Know That
4. A Cold Freezin’ Night
5. Beautiful People
6. I Am Who I Am
7. Chain of Missing Links
8. All You Need Is A Wall
9. Thirty Incoming
10. A Wonderful Phrase By Gandhi
11. We Bought The Flood
12. The Story of Hip Hop
13. Free Translator
14. Group Autogenics II

The record will be available courtesy of the Temporary Residence label, and the band will be playing the following live dates in support of the release:

May 10 – Brighton Festival, Komedia, Brighton, UK
May 12 – Deaf Institute, Manchester, UK
May 13 – The Button Factory, Dublin
May 15 – George Pompidou (w/ Aphex Twin), Metz, France
May 16 – Nuit de Botanique (w/ Avi Buffalo), Brussels, Belgium
May 24 – Hau 1, Berlin, Germany
May 25 – Central Theater, Leipzig, Germany
May 27 – Primavera, Barcelona, Spain
May 28 – Audiovisiva, Milan, Italy



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