Press Play: The Sea and Cake

Sounds Like: Luna, High Llamas, Pavement, Tortoise

Why You Should Care: 
Their new album, The Moonlight Butterfly, is one of the best of their career, and it's coming to your town soon.

The Sea and Cake have a long, acclaimed career behind them already. Over the past 20 years the band has built its reputation on crafting intelligent, complex "pop" songs and aren't afraid to push the boundaries in whatever direction they see fit.

Touring in support of their latest record, The Moonlight Butterfly, the band will make a stop at DC's very own Black Cat TONIGHT to play some of those songs for you to hear. You can take a listen to the first single "Up On The North Show" right now, then read up a little on the creation of the fantastic new album from some of indie-rocks most revered musicians.

The Sea and Cake - Up On The North Shore


The Sea and Cake are a band who need very little introduction. In their extensive 20 year career the band has bridged the gap between Brazilian music of the late 1960's, African influenced guitar lines, and independent pop. A sound that is entirely distinct, centered around the delicate guitar interplay of Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt, driven by the versatile rhythms of bassist Eric Claridge and drummer John McEntire, and finally set apart by Prekop's vocals and obtuse lyrics. The trademark soft spoken intimacy has been replaced by assured confidence and buoyancy. The band have a renewed sense of freedom and seem to be invigorated by their own explorations. The energy and excitement are palpable.

The Moonlight Butterfly is their ninth album and arrives in the middle of a wellspring of creativity for the band. The album was recorded at Soma studios, in Chicago, by drummer John McEntire. The Moonlight Butterfly has the core elements of the utterly unique Sea and Cake sound, while introducing a more experimental approach to the song's textures and structures. The songs are more extended in form and cinematic in feel. The band's singular guitar-based pop sound is filtered though pattern based ideas that slowly morph the linear into the modal. The album is filled with extended instrumental passages that bear the markers of Prekop's recent solo exploration of analog synthesizers. The song "Inn Keeping", for example, focuses on the synthesizer as the main armature of the song, a constant to play with and against. The band found that a shifting of the focus from the vocal to new instruments facilitated a more open approach. The artwork, a delicate elephant drawing by bassist Eric Claridge, captures the music's essence: at once light and heavy, sweet and sinister, distant and close. The Sea and Cake's bold explorations are delivered in layers of delicate tones and melodies.

BONUS: Here's a vid of The Sea and Cake playing at The Black Cat back in 2008 so you'll know EXACTLY what kind of awesome you're in for tonight. We'll see you at the show!


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