The Sea and Cake – The Sea and Cake

ARTIST: The Sea and Cake The_Sea_and_Cake_(The_Sea_and_Cake_album_-_cover_art)
TITLE: The Sea and Cake
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Again, only if you frequented indie record stores in 1994 or so.
LINEUP: Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, Eric Claridge, John McEntire plus producer Brad Wood
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Members of three Chicago-area bands come together to form a jazzy indie band and releases a mellow yet adventurous record totally against the grunge grain of the time.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Hey, an independent album released in 1994, must be grungy, right? Not. So. Much. The Sea and Cake fuse an indie rock sensibility with jazz influences, and the result on their debut is a wonderful, gentle album that was really out of step with the indie scene at the time.

The stars of this record for me are the fluid guitar lines from Prekop and Prewitt. The vocals are nice but really secondary to what’s going on with the guitar melody. For a new band, and from coming from two separate bands, Prekop and Prewitt play together like they have been in a combo for years.

As with any jazz, a few cuts ramble a little past their sell-by date, but all-in-all this is a great record to chill to, with or without Netflix!

NOTES & MINUTIAE: The name comes from a deliberate spoonerism from a Gastr del Sol song.


GRADE: A-: To be honest, in the 90’s I had one Sea and Cake album and I didn’t get it, but now I know why. I wanted grunge, not jazz. I’m older and wiser now, and this is great.

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