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A new San Diego music project has finally been let out of the bag. Taj Easton along with Zack and Shelby Wentz have embarked upon a new concept-band called (Charles) Book&Record, which they kept under tight wraps for over a year.

Their debut album Leftover Magic is comprised of eleven songs. Zack, who sang and played percussion in Kill Me Tomorrow, told me over a telephone conversation that three (Charles) Book&Record songs have accompanying videos creating a three part story, exemplifying the band's idea of "sonic-cinematic art."

The first video to surface is entitled Pointing South, which Juxtapoz, the well-established art magazine, posted on Wednesday. The second video is to appear via Geek Magazine on Tuesday, and all three will be linked from the group's web site, says Zack.

Zack is no stranger to storytelling, having been published several times, and the line between his writing and music-making has already blurred in the past. For example, his Sci-Fi novel The Garbage Man and the Prostitute worked in conjunction with the Kill Me Tomorrow album of the same title. In addition, Zack is also founder and editor of NewDeadFamilies, an outlet for underground Sci-Fi writers.

Compositions by (Charles) Book&Record are created by Taj and Zack, who also direct the videos. Zack refers to Taj as the "Mad scientist behind the screen."

The music that emanates from (Charles) Book&Record is not easily categorized, which is refreshing. In an attempt to describe a new genre I'm going to go with: Post-Electro Nu-Beat-Narrative.

The band describes themselves as "invigorating, densely-textured, darkly-melodic pop that owes as much to classic calypso, traditional song, and crooner-era swing as it does to 80's art-rock, Berlin School electronic music, and vintage R&B."

Zack offers up "Sci-Fi-Surrealist-Soul" in the game of genre naming.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpcwebLJ_EY

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A new San Diego music project has finally been let out of the bag. Taj Easton along with Zack and Shelby Wentz have embarked upon a new concept-band called (Charles) Book&Record, which they kept under tight wraps for over a year.

Their debut album Leftover Magic is comprised of eleven songs. Zack, who sang and played percussion in Kill Me Tomorrow, told me over a telephone conversation that three (Charles) Book&Record songs have accompanying videos creating a three part story, exemplifying the band's idea of "sonic-cinematic art."

The first video to surface is entitled Pointing South, which Juxtapoz, the well-established art magazine, posted on Wednesday. The second video is to appear via Geek Magazine on Tuesday, and all three will be linked from the group's web site, says Zack.

Zack is no stranger to storytelling, having been published several times, and the line between his writing and music-making has already blurred in the past. For example, his Sci-Fi novel The Garbage Man and the Prostitute worked in conjunction with the Kill Me Tomorrow album of the same title. In addition, Zack is also founder and editor of NewDeadFamilies, an outlet for underground Sci-Fi writers.

Compositions by (Charles) Book&Record are created by Taj and Zack, who also direct the videos. Zack refers to Taj as the "Mad scientist behind the screen."

The music that emanates from (Charles) Book&Record is not easily categorized, which is refreshing. In an attempt to describe a new genre I'm going to go with: Post-Electro Nu-Beat-Narrative.

The band describes themselves as "invigorating, densely-textured, darkly-melodic pop that owes as much to classic calypso, traditional song, and crooner-era swing as it does to 80's art-rock, Berlin School electronic music, and vintage R&B."

Zack offers up "Sci-Fi-Surrealist-Soul" in the game of genre naming.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wpcwebLJ_EY

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