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YES! The Sea And Cake return with another installment of their patented brand of laid back indie rock for Thrill Jockey. ‘Runner’ was initially meant as a companion piece to last years excellent ‘The Moonlight Butterfly’ with the majority of the music taking shape on the synthesizer by Prekop before being reworked by the group into the record I’m hearing now.
Comparatively, ‘Runner’ is much poppier than the sonic experimentation of ‘The Moonlight Butterfly’ so, as a companion piece, it works perfectly, showcasing the groups talent for pop in the same way that previous album did for the Jazz, afro-beat, kraut-rock, psych and electronic music.
You can hear me wittering on about the obscenely gifted nature of this band in reviews for previous LP’s, both by the group and individually, so I won’t rattle on too much, but rest assured this is another classic slab from one of Thrill Jockey’s hardest working and consistently brilliant bands. Prekop’s shift from guitar to synthesizer as his key compositional tool is worthy of an essay’s worth of talk but it’s the fact they remain so fresh sounding after all these years that impresses the most.
I mean, I hear bands trying to tap into this laid back approach of genre-mashing indie-pop everyday and none of them come close to the compositional genius of The Sea And Cake - that and Prekop’s voice sounds as fantastic as ever! You gotta assume he’s a clean living lad as he sounds as fine as he did way back in the mid-90’s.
Undeniably good band. Brownie points for the exceptional sleeve too - best of their career.
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