Zammuto: electro-distorted sounds, seductive tunes
Zammuto brings its electro-distorted vocals with synthesized toy-boxes of rhythmic and sonic play to Seattle's Barboza nightclub, Nov. 7, 2012.
Thank goodness for 16-year-old nephews who alert their uncles to techno-psychedelic bands that like to play in art museums and — as in Seattle on Wednesday — underground nightclubs. The band in question is Zammuto, led by Nick Zammuto of The Books, and it sounds like a blend of Kraftwerk and Dirty Projectors, as it matches electro-distorted vocals with synthesized toy-boxes of rhythmic and sonic play. Fine song-craft and seductive melody figure in the mix too. You can stream the entire album, along with some samplings on their live sound, at zammutosound.com. Choice tracks: "Harlequin" and, from their recent live set, "Battle Hymn of the Republic." Glory, glory, hallelujah indeed. 8 p.m. Wednesday, Barboza, 925 E. Pike St., Seattle; $10 (206-709-9467 or thebarboza.com).
Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times arts writer