toe - the book about my idle plot on a vague anxiety (2005)
toe is another one of those Japanese math/post rock bands that just has to go and class it up. They are more likely to lift you up off your feet with their swift and clean instrumentation than they are to knock you on your butt with spastic and lightning fast noise.
the book... is probably my favorite release of toe's even though they are often praised for their sophomore release, For Long Tomorrow. For Long Tomorrow is very solid on its own and deserves the attention it gets. The book is much more straight forward however and doesn't include all the singing FLT has that at first listen may not sound fitting. I wouldn't say the vocals on FLT clutters up the beautiful instrumentation but to me, it was a lot harder to get into. For the longest time I wasn't sure if the two albums were even by the same band.
Similar acts/sounds: Pele, Collections of Colonies of Bees, sgt., 3nd, LITE, nuito, té, nenem, Mouse On The Keys, and a ton of other Japanese math rock/post rock/jazz bands.
There is also an American band by the name of Toe that features(ed) Tim Kinsella of Tim Kinsella fame on vocals. Though they share the same spelling (minus the capitalization), I want to say that Japanese toe is not pronounced like the things on your feet. I'm pretty sure..