RIYL: The Sea and Cake, Tortoise, Pullman, Jim O'Rourke's lighter fare

Label: Thrill Jockey

Sam Prekop, one of Chicago’s shining underground stars, had his self-titled record re-issued for Record Store Day and luckily, at press time, there’s still three of these left. Sam Prekop’s style is heavily informed by jazz music, going long spans without use of his feathery vocals – the man has a voice you could easily pick out of a crowded room. Prekop’s self-titled debut captures the Thrill Jockey brand expertly, especially around the time of its 1999 release. You could call this post-rock with heavy jazz influence and, on the same note, a rare addition to the canon of pop music backed with a proper band. His solo work and The Sea and Cake frankly go hand-in-hand – if you like one, you’ll like the other more than likely. The thing I enjoy about Prekop is that his compositions are never urgent, they entice the listener to sit back and relax. If that sounds like a good idea to you, listen to the record below by either streaming on Thrill Jockey‘s website or via the Spotify player, and see what you think of it. Hurry along now. Cheers!

The Details

Thrill Jockey
thrill 061 - 1999
For Record Store Day 2016 we present a limited re-issue of Sam Prekop's classic self-titled debut. This is the first time this best selling album has been pressed on color vinyl. Limited to 500 copies worldwide, pressed on opaque blue vinyl with artworked inner sleeve and free download coupon.

Sam Prekop’s eponymously titled LP is a study in pop nuances. Simultaneously transporting the listener from mild climes and swinging palms to darkened skies and wind blown steppes, the record will be easily recognized by fans of The Sea and Cake. Known to many as the singer and main songwriter for said group, Mr. Prekop is assisted on this release by Chad Taylor (Chicago Underground Duo), Josh Abrams (ex-Roots, Town and Country), Jim O’Rourke (Gastr del Sol) and Archer Prewitt (The Sea and Cake).

Those expecting to find more of the computer beats and trickery found on The Fawn and Two Gentlemen are in for a surprise. Whilst prevalent on "Faces and People" - (a lucious groove overlayed by cornet and guitar), the computer takes a back seat to real strings, drums, piano, electric piano and organ as well as electric and acoustic bass. The subtle grooves, a trademark of The Sea and Cake records, are still present here as Sam and his band blend West African rhythms with a bit of soul, jazz and pop. The resulting record is something wholly original, elegant and earthy. A cauldren, if you will, of sweet smelling and enlightening stew. So line up, grab a spoon, and dig in. All the ingredients and intoxicating aromas necessary for an auditory feast are contained within.

Personnel for the record:
Sam Prekop - vocals, guitar, piano
Chad Taylor - percussion
Josh Abrams - bass, piano
Archer Prewitt - guitar, piano
Jim O’Rourke - organ, backing vocals, guitar, bass
With: Julie Pomerleau- violin, viola, Rob Mazurek- cornet, John McEntire- triangle, maracas

Price $16

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