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Not for headbangers, alt-rockers, or any distant cousins, The Sea and Cake makes grown-up pop music and like other streamlined, low-key indie-rockers (think the Shins, or Noah and the Whale), TS&C’s music feels effortless — pure and unfettered by modern distractions and trappings. The end result is a sly, engaging blend of sophisticated yet uncomplicated jazz structures and layers of breezy pop instrumentation. Sam Prekop’s breathy, casual voice veers from being oddly seductive to just plain pleasant, and it all feels as good as playing hooky at the beach. The sublime, yet tightly controlled, interplay between Prekop’s and Archer Prewitt’s guitars is quite grand, especially on the quietly rocking  “Ariel,” the faintly schizo “New Schools,” and the propulsive, energetic “Car Alarm,” but you almost don’t notice; the band employ both humility and understatement, which is one reason they’re so darn likeable. They just do what they do, and it usually results in finely crafted music that is criminally underrated and under-appreciated. It’s not all guitar love, either: gurgling synths sprinkle a little magic into tracks like the playful “CMS Sequence” and “Weekend,” and twinkling steel drums and piano shine on “Mirrors.” The last two tracks here are bonus tracks. Satisfied newbies should seek out two bands that sprouted TS&C, Shrimp Boat and the Coctails.

Customer Reviews

The Sea and Cake Do It Again!

Breezy, crystalline, moody...I'm so glad to hear these Chicago musical chameleons put their talents to tape again. I had coincidentally just finished burning some of their early 90's stuff into iTunes when the Genius alerted me to the new record and it's as beautiful as always.

New age Jazz meets the Kids

I'm a huge Jazz fan, and I appreciate music collaborations that make my brain sweat to figure out the beat and tempo changes. I wish more listeners could listen to this album with the hope to be introduced to more & more of The Sea & Cake's future or previous albums.

flaming on iTunes?

This is a market place, not youtube. 64bdawg reviews disney albums and pop and throws a single star at a solid release at one of the greatest recording/performing acts of the last 20 years? Abuse could hurt hard earned sales. This album is fun for longtime fans like myself and people who are unfamiliar as of yet. It's going to be a beautiful fall, this makes a good soundtrack for driving out to the pumpkin patch.


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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