Oui is the fifth album by Chicago band The Sea And Cake. The band feature Archer Prewitt, Sam Prekop who are both solo artists in their own right, renowned producer John McEntire and bassist Eric Claridge. They have also played their part in bands such as Coctails, Shrimpboat and Tortoise. Their music mixes Tropicalia, african guitar music and indie pop in a kind of Chicagoan post-jazz mash up. Oui was originally released in 2000, so this repress is more than due.
Vinyl LP £17.49 THRILL086LP
Repress LP on Thrill Jockey, packaged in a high gloss jacket with a free download card.
- Includes download code
9/10 Jack 1st December 2017
Transcendent without being overbearing like a lot of jazz can be, mainstream enough to appeal to pop sensibilities yet sophisticated and smart. The quietest moments of Steely Dan, perhaps "Aja"'s "Deacon Blues" or their later work "Two Against Nature" gives one a reference point where they leave off and the Sea and Cake take the most subtle points and build from. This is no clone band, though. It's wonderfully original despite its influences and a huge improvement over the first four efforts, Recommended.
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