ARTIST: The Sea and Cake
TITLE: The Biz
YEAR RELEASED: 1995
CHART ACTION: None
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: None
LINEUP: Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, John McEntire, Eric Claridge
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: The Chicago-area band continues its prolific exploration of jazzy indie rock sounds.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: The jazzy parts of the first two Sea and Cake records were some of the best work they did, so in this third effort they lay back and see where things go, and they go into some nice grooves and sounds.
Evoking a quieter vibe than most of the decade’s artists, the Sea and Cake explore moods and sounds, creating some chill guitar parts and unobstrusive vocals that let the music shine through.
All of the musicians play off each other and at times it’s a jammy band thing, but with more jazz and less blues. It’s recommended for late nights with a bottle of wine and a nice tome.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: This was their third record in 12 months.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: A-: Just allow it to spin it’s wonder over a few playings.