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7/10 Penrith Steve Customer review, 1st August 2015
Sam Prekop is a member of Chicago post-rock band The Sea And Cake. This eponymous album was his debut and was released in 1999. Whilst the production and certain elements of the music sound like The Sea And Cake, it mixes post rock with jazzier passages. Jim O’Rourke produced the album and it features guest performances from John McEntire and Archer Prewitt.
The production is typical of Jim O’Rourke – nothing is too shiny and there’s a nice soft, rolling feeling to it. At no point does this album shout – it whispers. The first three tracks have a bossa nova feel to them and are intricately played. “A Cloud To The Back” is a lovely piece of piano led incidental music. “Faces and People” has a typically Jim O’Rourke cyclical feel to it and is a bit like post “Millions Now Living Will Never Die” era Tortoise with the addition of some jazzy muted trumpets. “Smaller Rivers” is a spacious recording with gentle guitar. The album closes with “So Shy” which mixes the bossa nova sound that dominates the album with a gentle funk. It’s good, and extremely well produced and performed but I’m not sure I would ever put it on as anything other than background music.
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