I Missed The Glance. The Colony Room. The Leaf. Two Dolphins. You Beautiful Bastard. More Albums. Flat Lay the Waters. Fine collection of reverbed indie pop, no outstanding classic as on his debut, but that would be a hard task anyway, however consistently high quality throughout.
Gemini by Wild Nothing. Nocturne by Wild Nothing. Who would have thought that among his love for early 80s Brit indie check out the New Orderesque "Paradise" would be a fondness for early 80s Fleetwood Mac I suspect it's Lindsey Buckingham he's a fan of as witness the last couple of tracks. Le Baron. Shoulder Length. Two Gentlemen. Rinky-Dink O. Type Rip.
Early Chicago. The Sewing Machine. The Ravine. The Kiss. Station in the Valley. Darkest Night. The Cantina. Calabra Cut. Alien Lover. Luscious Jackson. Play On. This is no clone band, though. It's wonderfully original despite its influences and a huge improvement over the first four efforts, even though the Sea and Cake fans seem to be divided between early and later works.
Settle in and drift away. The soft, demure quality of the Sea and Cake is preserved in "Oui," their fifth release. Smooth electronica, excellent instrumentation and warm, intimate vocals bring the positively titled "Oui"out like a lazy afternoon ray of sunshine.
As always, the Sea and Cake is outstanding. Overall it ends up being relaxing and soothing rather than vibrant. This is not an album to dance to, but to drowse in a deck chair on a lazy summer's day. Prekop's lazy, soft vocals can carry listeners away, especially when he sings stuff like "Graceful sunsets are cheating in the air, do you dare?
The instrumentation is similar to his vocals -- light and breezy, alternating between soft indie-pop and jazz. Listen for the flute and clarinet, which add a brightness to the flow of keyboards, strings and sax. The musical experimentation is subtle enough that you won't really be able to tell it's there. A dash of bossa nova there, some marimbas there, a shimmery riff over there.
They add a subtle undertone to the beautiful music, weaving in and out. The biggest thing "Oui" has to a flaw is that most of the songs are on equal standing when it comes to quality. But that's more than most bands can say. Keith Wood. Eric Carlson. Liam Carroll. Christopher Greenberg. Matthew Nangle. Ryan Gowland. Victor Parsons. Bruno Packard Hill. Natural Magic. John Jaskula. Matthew Gregan. I Missed the Glance. Sold by Amazon. Additional taxes may apply.
It's nice to see that the "cool" lives on with The Sea and Cake, and no more so than on their fifth and greatest CD so far, "Oui". The extended intro to "Afternoon Speaker" sets the tone for a lilting dreamy listening experience that conjures images of smoky jazz clubs of the early fifties, showcases the deeply buried drum mix that propels but doesn't punish the groove, offers tasty guitar chording and a touch of modern electronica in their keyboards, and, the most important ingredient, the whisper of a voice provided by Sam Prekop.Oui marks the triumphant return of The Sea and Cake after a three-year absence which saw the members of the band pursue a variety of interests; musical, professional and personal. The line up of the band remains Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, Eric Claridge and John McEntire. The Sea and Cake formed in out of the ashes of Shrimp Boat.