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Album Review

While Sam Prekop's primary creative outlet, the Sea & Cake, continues to incorporate more studio technology into its sound, Prekop's self-titled solo album thrives in a more organic environment. Recorded in Chicago with ex-Gastr del Sol guitarist Jim O'Rourke behind the board, the album sports a vibe that's loose and inviting, especially on the more upbeat tracks like the bossa nova-bopping opener, "Showrooms," and the funky "The Company." Prekop sticks with what has become his trademark: breathy, falsetto-tinged vocals and tenderly delivered lyrics. "On Such Favors" recalls the intimacy of the Velvet Underground, its languid mood marked by simple, reverberating chords. The sweet, piano-brushed "Practice Twice" and the Brazilified "The Shadow" are also highlights. Instead of calling on the prominent synth-flavored rhythms of the Sea & Cake's last album, Prekop opts here for a straight-up jazz drummer (Chicago Underground Duo's Chad Taylor) and an upright bassist (Josh Abrams) to flesh out his songs. TSAC guitarist Archer Prewitt plays clean, economical counterpoint to Prekop's melodies, while O'Rourke and cornetist Rob Mazurek color the empty spaces with subtle and sundry accompaniments. TSAC/Tortoise percussionist John McEntire even turns up playing triangle and maracas on a few cuts. O'Rourke doesn't intrude too much, although some of his stock production tactics surface on the Gastr-flavored intro of "Don't Bother" as well as the loopy, jazzed-out instrumental "Faces and People." Mazurek's long horn tones are especially effective on the latter. In all, this a lovely, understated pop album that reveals its many charms on repeated listens.

Customer Reviews

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One of the best records I have ever listened to in my life. When I first heard it (a gift from a friend) it blew my mind wide open. It was a sound I had never heard before and was absolutely what I wanted to hear. This is a MUST for any Sea & Cake fan ...

One of my first iTunes downloads

I first purchased the CD over ten years ago at a Borders in the western Chicago suburbs. The CD was stolen and so I had to re-purchase via iTunes. Anyway, a Borders employee was playing this CD. When I asked him about the artist, he gave me a little background on Sam Prekop because he had seen him perform live. This is one of my favorite albums. The vibe is very cerebral and tranquil. I highly recommend it!

Best I've heard in a long time

I really love this album and is my favorite along with most of Sea And Cake recordings. When I think there is nothing new and fantastic, then to discover a body of work that is on such high caliber, wonderful, interesting songs and great music.
Sam Prekop is a very talented artist and I hope to hear him live someday, maybe to thank him too.


Born: 1964 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Rock

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

A longtime pillar in the Chicago underground community and architect of the post-rock sound, Sam Prekop first gained renown at the helm of Shrimp Boat before becoming the leader of the Sea and Cake, whose fusion of styles both in and out of rock was both creative and experimental while remaining highly listenable. Prekop holds considerable stature in the Chicago scene, so it isn't surprising that when he released his self-titled debut solo LP in 1999 (on Thrill Jockey Records, itself a cornerstone...
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