When multi-instrumentalists and sound enthusiasts Paul de Jong and Nick Zammuto first came together as The Books they certainly could not have foreseen their 2002 debut album, Thought For Food, marking the beginning of a celebrated career that has spawned four genre-defying masterworks across a decade, collecting countless Albums of the Decade accolades.
Their third album, 2005's Lost and Safe, maintained the Books' reputation as a pioneering musical force, even as they flirted with traditional song structures more than ever before. It would go on to be named Album of the Year by the highly influential music magazine The Wire.
Lost and Safe is repackaged here with dazzling new artwork and expanded to include lyrics for every song. Carefully and thoughtfully remastered from the original mixes by Zammuto at his new studio outside his home in Vermont, Lost and Safe now boasts an increased warmth and clarity that reveals new details with repeated listens. To be sure, the differences are subtle, but for a band who have transformed minutiae into modern art, that subtlety is downright sublime.