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The Moonlight Butterfly

The Sea and Cake

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Album Review

The Moonlight Butterfly is a half-hour postcard from the Chicago quartet that have become the elder statesman of impressionistic indie rock. The band opt for a direct and straightforward opener (“Covers”), but gradually grow more expansive and dreamy, incorporating electronics from the Kraftwerk playbook on the instrumental title track and stretching out for a beautiful ten-minute epic, “Inn Keeping.” Again recorded by drummer John McEntire at Soma Studios, and produced by the group, chalk up The Moonlight Butterfly as yet another effortlessly charming work from the Sea and Cake.

Biography

Formed: 1993 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

The Sea and Cake are a post-rock supergroup of sorts, comprised of luminaries from the Chicago independent scene. The band is led by singer/guitarist Sam Prekop, who, along with bassist Eric Claridge, was an alumnus of the frequently brilliant Shrimp Boat. After that group's dissolution, Prekop and Claridge were offered the opportunity to embark on a new project and hastily recruited ex-Coctails guitarist Archer Prewitt and Tortoise drummer John McEntire before entering the studio. Originally intended...
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