Reads the Books EP
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|1. Pagina Uno Introduccion|
|2. Pagina Dos|
|3. Pagina Tres|
|4. Pagina Cuatro|
|5. Pagina Cinco|
|6. Pagina Seis|
|7. Pagina Siete|
|8. Pagina Ocho (Feat. Claudia Maria Deheza)|
Though they've already released their own, separate albums this year, Prefuse 73 and the Books are set to unveil an EP together titled Reads the Books. After reaching instant-classic status with their second album The Lemon Of Pink, Massachusetts's The Books have been lauded by in-the-know music heads across the globe for the astronomical quality of their carefully crafted songs complimented by their mysterious, withdrawn personas. Their twisted avant-folk, richly infused with skewed electronic beats and devilishly tweaked samples puts them in a perfect place to go up against the renegade master of tweaky beat freaking, Prefuse 73. Prefuse 73 brings his patented trunk-rattling digi-crunk to the table, remixing and reinterpreting The Books' source material. Warp. 2005.
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Listening to the results here, the simpatico between these dual forerunners of modern pop-glitch is evident, but Prefuse 73 is too tight and perhaps too careful with his source material to do anything unexpected. The lack of verve or nerve with the programming here only leads to new sonic juxtapositions--no transformations, and nothing with the inherent playful humor of The Books LPs. For one, "Pagina Cinco" is no more than the sum total of its sources from "The Lemon of Pink". Herren even retreats to the sound of his Savath and Savalas project with "Pagina Ocho", enlisting one of his vocalist collaborators for another non-starter of a track.
That being said, three tracks exhibit direction and energy. "Pagina Tres" is a short burner with some vintage Prefuse melancholic funk, and "Pagina Seis" is a strong longer piece. I also dig the interplay between the freshly chopped vocal & banjo samples and the beat clip on "Pagina Dos". Despite these standouts, this reading can't be recommended to anyone but Books diehards.
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