A few years ago I had the pleasure of seeing The Books play in a small venue here in Hollywood, the space allowing about 150 people to watch the show. Sadly The Books split up early this year, so it makes me happy that I had the chance to see them live. That said, it’s still possible to glean some of the awesomness that they had while playing live through their music videos, like this one for Smells Like Content.
When they’d play live it would be just the two of them sitting there, they weren’t rock stars by any means, they made aleatoric music. So they created these beautiful video pieces to accompany them while they played, effectively setting the mood each time. The video for Smells Like Content is a simple concept, spelling out each of the words by syllable and often phonetically. This combined with the rapid pace of Nick Zammuto’s lyrics it creates an intense stream of letters that is a joy to watch. One of my favorite parts is when you see the lyrics, “Meanwhile, statues are bleeding green.” I don’t want to ruin it, but you’ll see what I mean when you see it, so keep an eye out.