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One Bedroom

  • 1. Four Corners
    2. Left Side Clouded
    3. Hotel Tell
    4. Baron, Le
    5. Shoulder Length
    6. One Bedroom
    7. Interiors
    8. Mr. F
    9. Try Nothing
    10. Sound & Vision

    Code: QZZQ

  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDTHRILL11

  • Credits
    EngineerJohn McEntire

    The Sea And Cake: Sam Prekop (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Archer Prewitt (vocals, guitars, piano, synthesizers); John McEntire (piano, synthesizer, drums, percussion); Eric Claridge (bass).
    Additional personnel: John & Frank Navin (vocals); Mikael Jorgensen (piano).
    Recorded at Soma Studios, Chicago, Illinois in 2002.
    Personnel: Archer Prewitt (vocals, guitar, piano, synthesizer); Sam Prekop (vocals, guitar, synthesizer); Frank Navin, John Navin (vocals); John McEntire (piano, synthesizer, drums, percussion); Mike Jorgensen (electric piano).
    Audio Mixer: John McEntire.
    Recording information: Soma Electronic Music Studio, Chicago, IL.
    Photographer: Sam Prekop.
    Solo careers and outside interests halted the Sea and Cake's momentum late in the '90s, but each time the quartet returns it's a boon for anyone who enjoys clean, efficient indie rock -- a potential fan base ranging from Saint Etienne to Lambchop to Belle & Sebastian. Only the band's second record in the past five years, One Bedroom updates a previously trademarked sound only slightly; the usual drum shuffles are occasionally replaced by the indie version of a dance beat (usually an under-performing drum machine or samples), while Sam Prekop refines his breathy, upper-register vocals and abstract songwriting with an eye to pop music. The opener, "Four Corners," sets it off with a special grace, floating in on a wave of sublime synth atmospherics reminiscent of late-'70s Cluster, while the tidiest rhythm section in indie rock (bassist Eric Claridge and drummer John McEntire) paves the way for a breezy Prekop vocal that would have sounded fragmentary and undeveloped in the context of any other band, but is pure brilliance here. "Left Side Clouded" is similarly charming, beginning with neat acoustic strumming framed by an angular bassline and ending in a restrained guitar flameout. The highlight "Shoulder Length" is a perfect record for a crisp spring day, synths and guitar feedback humming like bees over a bouncy, swinging beat. While the accompaniment is always thoughtful and inventive, Prekop's vocal idiosyncrasies tend to be a double-edged sword, delightful on the good songs but only accentuating the dreariness of failed experiments like "Le Baron" or "Try Nothing." Fortunately, those moments are few and far between; the group sounds supremely confident throughout One Bedroom, even indulging in a rare cover for the closer, David Bowie's icy "Sound & Vision," a perfect fit. ~ John Bush

  • Critic Reviews
    Rolling Stone (2/6/03, p.62) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A tempest of pastels: It's full of burbling electronic experimentation but still manages to always carry a tune..."
    Magnet (1/03, pp.105-6) - "...ONE BEDROOM is an agreeable album, full of pretty melodies and assorted bric-a-brac that pleases the ear..."
    The Wire (1/03, p.71) - "...The music is perfectly sculpted around the vocals. The production is so delicate and the arrangements so well crafted and full of detail that you can't help being utterly seduced by this open-ended, non-narrative yet elegant and accessible pop music..."
    CMJ (1/27/03, p.7) - "...On ONE BEDROOM, delicate synthesizer sounds blend effortlessly with smooth guitar lines and jazzy drums, resulting in an album that could be the perfect Sunday-drive-in-the-country for hipsters everywhere..."
    Mojo (Publisher) (2/03, p.90) - "...Prekop has explored new configurations of ultra-melodic pop music....ONE BEDROOM finds the group in a more forthright mood - just shifting up a gear makes a big difference..."
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