Music For A Re-Found Harmony, the Books.

When I first found out about irreconciliable artistic differences definitively slamming the Books shut, not for my first time I thumbed through the premeditated chapters of the Kübler-Ross model. Denial: The Way Out felt their strongest record yet. Anger: with myself more than with either Nick or Paul for not having lost myself in their idiosyncratic and somehow erudite, if largely instrumental songsmithery sooner. Bargaining: when I met with Zammuto back in April he seemed resigned to the immovable resolution that all was lost between the two as I disbelievingly probed. Depression: would a début as inexpressibly wondrous as Thought For Food ever be released again? Finally, acceptance: the answer transpired to be a great, big, glorious yes. Zammuto approached perfection.

Opening up the annals a load and the wound a little, our beloved Temporary Residence Limited are to release a boxset quite unlike any other: A Dot In Time, limited to 1,000 pieces and out next week, serves as a beyond comprehensive documentation of their every oeuvre and endeavour both audio and visual. Thus comprising seven 12"s, a 2-hour DVD, a USB flash drive with the full discog fully digitalised and of course a book, it's an exhaustive if surely entirely rewarding cataloguing of one of the finest bands of modern times.

Featuring on Side K, have a stream of the Simon Jeffes-inspired Classy Penguin below for a nostalgic revisiting of what made the duo's records so darn hard to put down in the first place: all lulling yet vibrant guitars and maniacally fidgety bass, it ends among the jejune chirrups of Zammuto and de Jong in synchrony. With the benefit of hindsight, it's a sublime way in which to sign off and it's perhaps the best form of remembrance for a band who fell out of love both artistically, and more pertinently personally all too soon.

Slap down the $150 and please put your finger on A Dot In Time here.