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Car Alarm

  • 1. Aerial
    2. Fuller Moon, A
    3. On a Letter
    4. CMS Sequence
    5. Car Alarm
    6. Weekend
    7. New Schools
    8. Window Sills
    9. Down in the City
    10. Pages
    11. Staircase, The
    12. Mirrors
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDTHRILL20

  • Credits
    EngineerJohn McEntire

    The Sea and Cake: Sam Prekop (vocals, guitar, keyboards); Archer Prewitt (guitar, keyboards, steel drum); John McEntire (recorder, keyboards, drums, drum, steel drum, percussion); Eric Claridge (bass instrument).
    Audio Mixer: John McEntire.
    Recording information: SOMA Electronic Music Studios, Chicago, IL.
    Issued in late 2008, CAR ALARM marks the Sea & Cake's second studio album since its '07 reactivation, and stands as one of the Chicago post-rock act's most immediately engaging outings. Fronted, as always, by singer/guitarist Sam Prekop, the quartet launches into a Neu!-like motorik sound with the driving "Aerial," and later moves into Velvet Underground territory on the chiming and urbane "On a Letter." Though some fans may miss the Sea & Cake's earlier experimental-leaning era, CAR ALARM proves that the group is undeniably vital and still carrying the mantle of Windy City indie-rock royalty without burden.

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.112) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Pristine set-opener 'Aerial' and the elegantly gliding 'on a Letter' jangle and chime with mathematical precision..."
    Alternative Press (p.155) - 3.5 stars out of 5 -- "Post-rock inflections, electronic embellishments, artfully designed arrangements and time changes, and the sighing vocals and breathy phrasing of guitarist/vocalist Sam Prekop. True to form, the band deliver yet again on CAR ALARM."
    The Wire (p.68) - "The set is dominated by neat three and a half minute packages of semi-supercharged guitar pop."
    Mojo (Publisher) (p.110) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The hot licks and cool groove of 'New Schools' are the whole record in microcosm, each play revealing subtle shades and a pleasure in the details."
    Clash (magazine) (p.121) - "A technically accomplished bunch of breezy West Coast pop songs perfect to listen to when the sun is setting."
    Clash (magazine) (p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "CAR ALARM picks right up on the coiled grooves of its predecessor with heated opener 'Aerial' and 'Fuller Moon,' which brings a taut bounce into play."
    Signal To Noise (magazine) (p.71) - "[T]hey sound as tight as they ever have, as if after 14 years of playing together the band has developed a kind of musical mind-meld."
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