I remarked earlier today that despite being insanely and consistently great, there is something utterly unassuming and almost overly confident about The Sea And Cake. I mean, Car Alarm, their latest, and eighth, full-length is, like its predecessors, played and produced with the sort of impeccable attention to detail usually reserved for modern architecture and the finest men’s suits. It’s Prewitt, Prekop, McEntire, and Claridge doing what they do best; jazzy and breezy post-rock that’s rhythmically buoyant and melodically bouncy. To me at least, Car Alarm is exactly what an album from The Sea And Cake should sound like, except better than anything they’ve done together in the past ten years. I think that I just take The Sea And Cake for granted, as do so many others that call Chicago home. They are a band that always seems to be there with another album right around the corner… just like Car Alarm. So, yeah, this is a really good mellow post-rock album in a Stereolab meets A Ghost Is Born sort of way that is ultra-listenable and superbly good. Even so, my personal favorite album from The Sea And Cake is The Fawn and Car Alarm is going to change that.
MP3 | The Sea And Cake – Aerial Car Alarm
MP3 | The Sea And Cake – New Schools Car Alarm