Following the release of their album Runner on Thrill Jockey last year Chicagan band The Sea & Cake make a most welcome return to Berlin in 2013 where they will play at HAU2.
This group led by Sam Prekop and featuring the drumming and production talents of Tortoise main man John McEntire pull off the impressive feat of fusing a post-rock aesthetic with pure pop song arramgements.
The Sea and Cake deliver an album with the freshness and energy of a new band, and the ease and musicianship that can only come with experience. Runner began as the companion piece to 2011’s The Moonlight Butterfly, and using that album’s sonic experimentations as a starting point for a new process of writing and recording, became something completely new.
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Songs that began as synthesizer experiments in Sam Prekop’s home studio were reimagined by the other members, and eventually recorded and mixed by John McEntire at Chicago’s Soma Studios. The result is an album that feels like a private travelogue. Start listening at one place, and end up some place else. Cherish the unexpected mysteries around every corner.
The Sea and Cake worked remotely for quite a while on Runner. As a result, what the band brought was more reactionary, impulsive, since the foundation was already there. The pieces seemed able to absorb a new kind of risk taking. It was fascinating to hand over almost complete works and have the other members of the band have at it, rip up, reconfigure, reconsider.
The Sea & Cake LIVE
Tuesday, 26 May 2013 | 20:00 CET
HAU2 | Hallesches Ufer 32 | 10963 Berlin/Kreuzberg