ARTIST: The Sea and Cake
YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really.
LINEUP: Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, John McEntire, Eric Claridge
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Jazzy indie rock band gets even more jazzy in their second album.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Again, it’s hard to imagine what the grunge-oriented indie rock base thought of the Sea and Cake after their second album. This one is even jazzier than their debut.
The biggest addition was how Prewitt’s piano came into fore on several songs. That added another dimension to the proceedings. Prekop’s vocals are usually just another instrument, but on a song like “Parasol” his quiet spoken-sung vocals and gentle backing by Prewitt create a relaxing mood and feeling.
Some of the jazzier moments don’t really work – at times they’re caught between being a jazzy indie band or an indie jazz band. Still, this is a fine sophomore effort.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: McEntire was active in Tortoise as well as the Sea and Cake. He played on five albums between the two groups from 1994-96.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: B+-: I don’t like this as much as the debut but still it’s a great record to chill to.