Of all the brainy experimental acts to capture the mind of chin-scratching critics over this past decade, the one that most fully lived up to the hype was the New York-founded, North Carolina-based duo The Books.

Of all the brainy experimental acts to capture the mind of chin-scratching critics over this past decade, the one that most fully lived up to the hype was the New York-founded, North Carolina-based duo The Books.

Over the course of three soft-spoken LPs, Nick Zammuto and Paul de Jong built their own universe from this one's disparate parts, splicing together found sounds and acoustic instruments into a gorgeous, carefully constructed collage.

Each of their albums - 2002's Thought for Food, 2003's The Lemon of Pink and 2005's Lost and Safe - is a distinct but unmistakable calling card. Unfortunately, they haven't released anything since then except the Nick Drake cover "Cello Song," a collaboration with Jose Gonzalez on this year's Dark Was the Night compilation.

A new album is finally coming next year; in the meantime they're taking their multimedia live show back on the road to show off some of the ideas they've got brewing. According to a recent interview with Pitchfork, the new material includes a song built entirely on tapes from the Talkboy device popularized in Home Alone 2.

Fellow sonic explorers Lymbyc Systym will open the show in the Wexner Center's intimate Performance Space.