Studio album by They Might Be Giants
|First released|| Fall 2021
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|Tracks||15||Last album||The Escape Team|
BOOK is the twenty-third studio album by They Might Be Giants, due to be released in fall 2021. The album is available to pre-order in multiple configurations, including a 144-page hardcover art book containing the album on CD.
|Book w/CD + download||$39.00|
John Flansburgh began hinting around March 2019 that the band had begun working on their next album. The first studio sessions for the album took place later in the year, with initial photos and clips from the recording studio showing up on TMBG's social media on starting on November 18. In a December 2019 radio interview, Flansburgh estimated that TMBG would be writing and recording for the album through April 2020, with an additional production phase after mixing that would make its release a "slightly longer process than normal". This step may have been referring to the then-unannounced book that would accompany the album.
In a January 2020 newsletter, Flansburgh discussed the album's progress and stated, without revealing it, that an album title had already been decided:
A couple of months ago we started in on the long process of writing and recording our next album. Strangely, we have even come up with a title for it which is something that usually takes forever and ultimately delays all progress. Guess we dodged that bullet this time!
Not a lot we can say about the work we're immersed in right now. There won’t be much to report for at least 6 months, and probably more. But for right now, here are single words taken from the titles of a bunch of new songs: Remember, Rule, Winnipeg, Lord, Wants, Buckle, Synopsis, Minivan, Circus, and Attention. Now, will all of these one-word song clues really be included on our next album? Possibly not, but if that has piqued your interest, our job here is done.
In February 2020, Flansburgh mentioned on Tumblr that making this album had the band in a similar creative situation to the lead-up to 2011's Join Us, and that they needed "a moment to regroup" after their three-album output in 2018. "We did multiple albums in a row, kind of assuming that manic output would never end, but then it does!" The album's production timeline was likely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and New York City's PAUSE order in the months that followed.
In July 2020, They Might Be Giants announced details of BOOK including its title, planned early 2021 release, and various release configurations.Brian Karlsson, and TMBG lyrics "graphically set in the style of poetry concrete by world-famous designer Paul Sahre on an IBM Selectric typewriter from the early '70s." Included lyrics in the book will be from BOOK, My Murdered Remains, I Like Fun and the forthcoming The Pamphlet EP. The album will also be released on 180-gram vinyl, standalone CD, cassette and 8-track tape (in a sold-out limited run of 250 copies).True to its title, one configuration of the album will be a CD included in a 12x12" 144-page cloth-bound hardcover art book featuring full-color photography by Brooklyn photographer
In December 2020, They Might Be Giants returned to Reservoir Studios, clad with protective masks, to continue recording the album. Over a few weeks, the band posted musical snippets and photographs to social media, including a photo featuring frequent collaborator and horn player Dan Levine. On March 18, 2021, pre-orders opened up on the new official They Might Be Giants store, along with a new fall 2021 release window.
- "I Lost Thursday" (lead single)
- "I Broke My Own Rule" (second single)
- "...lly No" (incomplete title)
- "Quit the Circus"
- "Less Than One"
- "I Can't Remember The Dream"
- "If Day For Winnipeg"
- "Moonbeam Rays"
- "Part of You Wants to Believe Me"
- "Synopsis for Latecomers"
- "Tan Minivans"
- "There Will Be Sad"