After 12 years together that resulted in one hell of a four-album-run, The Books have officially called it quits. Pitchfork broke the story a few hours ago in an interview with one half of the duo, Nick Zammuto, who has been busy lately focusing on his solo career under the guise of Zammuto. He sent the following message out via e-mail to break the unfortunate news:
"It seems the air has gone out of The Books for the last time," wrote Zammuto in an email. "It's been an extraordinarily painful year coming to the realization that there was no way forward for the band. I love The Books and all that it became, and it still feels strange to me that such an odd little project moved people like it did."
While this sucks pretty damn hard, at least we can find solace in the fact they're releasing plenty of previously unreleased and/or rare material. According to Zammuto, we should be seeing a couple albums worth of B-sides, soundtracks, a box set with the four aforementioned Books albums, and an updated DVD. Sigh.
R.I.P. The Books.