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The Sea and Cake
The Moonlight Butterfly - Thrill Jockey
FILTER Grade: 87%

By Mary Kosearas on June 3, 2011

 

The Sea and Cake

The Sea and Cake’s latest release, The Moonlight Butterfly, is a short but simple reminder why this group has remained relevant, inventive and damn good since 1994. The influence of its sheer experience and love of jazz is scattered throughout every track, without overwhelming the band’s trademark sound. After almost 20 years in the industry (and most recently wrapping a tour with Broken Social Scene), we get six lengthy tracks of mellow but beautifully textured sound. Each song seems to tell a story and allows the brain an extra minute or so to digest. You can’t help but feel like driving down the empty back roads on a warm, sunny day with all the windows rolled down. The tracks are constructed with extended instrumentals and a noticeable shift in focus from vocals to synthesizers. Good music transcends throughout time, and The Sea and Cake is one of few that do it right.

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