This writer can’t have been the only person to shed a tear when utterly, utterly, utterly brilliant NYC duo The Books called it a day back in January.

Since 1999, Nick Zammuto and Paul De Jong have been crafting spry, surprising collages alloying folk, glitch and found sound. 2002’s Thought For Food and the following year’s The Lemon Of Pink are both tactile classics, but 2006’s Lost And Safe is arguably their masterpiece, a moving collection of Dadaist pop concrete. The band’s final release, 2010’s The Way Out, saw them cutting loose and producing the silliest music of their career. Since the split, Zammuto has pursued his own impressive solo project.

By way of a coda, the pair are set to release a plush new box set documenting their career. A Dot In Time will contain all four of the band’s studio albums, each printed onto vinyl and freshly remastered. The set will also contain an unreleased double album, Music For A French Elevator And Other Oddities, which will assemble 45 minutes worth of B-sides, instrumentals, long-lost soundtrack work and other rarities (plus, of course, the band’s 2006 Music For A French Elevator bundle, commissioned by the French Ministry of Culture).

That’s far from all. The box also includes a specially commissioned 2 hour DVD titled Freedom From Expression, collecting all of the band’s videos and six new clips. There’s also a 56 page picture book about golf included, a nod to their video for ‘I Didn’t Know That’. Finally, the band have chucked in a USB drive containing MP3s of every song in the band’s catalogue. Zammuto has released a low-key trailer video for set, which, inexplicably, starts to resemble a particularly fey episode of Jackass about 1.30 in. Watch it below.

A Dot In Time is due on July 24 on Temporary Residence, and will be strictly limited to 1000 copies.



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