By Frank Bell
They Might Be Giants have announced November 12, 2021, as the release date for their new album and remarkable accompanying art book, both aptly titled: BOOK. The alternative rock legends shared the new album track Super Cool exclusively on their FREE Dial-A-Songsmartphone app which adds a new song every day. The song is also now released across all other good digital platforms.
BOOK finds TMBG expanding their own worldview through multiple mediums while continuing to refine their songwriting craft. A 144-page full-color, cloth-bound hardcover book, and brand new full-length album, the project was born through a series of brainstorms with longtime collaborator and graphic design legend Paul Sahre when they decided to team up with Brooklyn street photographer Brian Karlsson.
Sahre’s implementation of IBM’s Selectric typewriter adds a striking effect throughout BOOK’s visual component as well. John Flansburgh shares, “Paul took this crude device and showed what you could really do with it creatively, and combined with Brian’s photography it made up the secret sauce for the book.” The 15-song album is classic TMBG, with clever melodies and airtight songwriting that stays in your head long after the final note’s been played.