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Album Review

The product of an uncharacteristically long two-year layoff, The Fawn is the Sea and Cake's most experimental effort to date; the influence which the electronica movement exerts over the record is substantial — drum machines, sequencer tones, and synths are dominant throughout, and the group even dabbles in dub textures and sampling techniques. What's remarkable about songs like "Sporting Life" and "The Argument," however, is that the addition of electronics never upsets the music's delicate chemistry — as is again proven here, the Sea and Cake's greatest gift is their ability to assimilate the breadth of their inspirations, no matter how far afield, to emerge with something new and distinctive each time out; impressive in scope and rich in detail, The Fawn is as seamless and sophisticated as ever.

Customer Reviews

The Sea and Cake's Finest Hour

I can't believe I'm the first to write a review here. This is the first S+C album to incorporate some of Tortoise's experimentation and electronic sequencing. ("Black Tree in The Bee Yard" sounds like it was taken from a Tortoise album) The result is fantastic, and criminally overlooked.

special sonic moment from the nineties

a deep cut nugget.

Some people compare Sea & Cake to Stereolab; this album is crafted with a little more soul & doesn't fall into retro cliches.
Mellow, beautiful harmonies, laid back rhythms, overall melancholic & introspective.

& for even deeper aural diving... listen to Carl Craig's mix of Sea &Cake's 'Hotel Tell'... the fact he's working with them says it all.

My favorite to date.

Up through their latest album, Runner, The Sea and Cake have always delivered gorgeous blissed-out tunes. But I always find myself coming back to The Fawn as my standout favorite album of theirs. Vocals, guitar, bass, drums and electronics all strut their stuff here while also merging into one another for a wonderfully eclectic, syncopated whole. Kick back, and let these songs warm you over.


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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