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Emerging from Chicago’s 1990s indie-rock scene, the Sea and the Cake displayed a sense of songcraft that their post-rock brethren either lacked or didn’t care about. The foursome has recorded several fine albums, and has stuck with its original lineup, including frontman Sam Prekop, a singer with an appealing, low-key voice. The band’s jazz-tinged sound has changed little over the years, but 2011’s The Moonlight Butterfly is both fresh and vital. The opener, “Covers,” rides a Krautrock beat courtesy of drummer John McEntire, who also recorded the album. Prekop’s and Archer Prewitt’s guitar and keyboard layerings provide a textured bed for the vocals, and Eric Claridge’s bass delights with its propulsive melodicism. It’s a blissful five minutes. The title cut surprises: somehow this pulsing synth instrumental fits in nicely here. “Up On the North Shore” is super-fine, the sort of offering that would be a hit in a better world, while the soft-rock mellow “Monday” entrances. “Inn Keeping” takes up almost a third of the album, but you would never know it. The lengthy track simply comes off like another one of the band’s catchy and well-crafted songs

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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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