Millennium Park Summer Music Series - The Sea and Cake | Moonrise Nation

Thursday, August 16, 2018 • FREE Admission • 6:30pm

Millennium Park, Jay Pritzker Pavilion

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 The Sea and Cake (Photo by: Heather Cantrell)(click on image to enlarge)

 

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The Sea and Cake

The Sea And Cake deliver a refreshingly intimate collection of elegantly arranged, singular pop songs. For over two decades and 11 albums, The Sea And Cake have honed a sound all their own, comprised of delicate, intertwining guitar patterns, syncopated rhythms, and airy melodies. Masters of subtlety, their compositions have continually evolved - through minute alterations in texture, unusual approaches to lyrics, and creative production choices. Any Day is testament to The Sea And Cake’s artistry, song craft, and utterly unique sound. The results are intimate songs that speak to the searcher in all of us. Through shifting instrumentation and sonic exploration, the band invites you into a world that is both familiar and unexpected.

Written and recorded following the departure of bassist Eric Claridge, Any Day is The Sea And Cake’s first album recorded as the trio of Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, and John McEntire. Since the release of their last album (2012's Runner), the band have, in addition to shows, been creatively very busy: Prekop focusing on solo modular synthesizer and soundtrack work, including an acclaimed collaboration with artist David Hart; McEntire’s recording and touring with Tortoise, and maintaining a busy schedule as a recording engineer and producer; and Prewitt’s work as a cartoonist and illustrator, in addition to duo performances with Prekop. The band, still actively performing with bassist Douglas McCombs (Tortoise, Brokeback), were inspired by the challenge of composing as a smaller unit. Once the songs began to take shape, says Prekop, “we got really excited about it almost immediately - as soon as we started playing together.”

The compositions throughout Any Day, while intricate as ever, rarely employ synthesizers; opting instead for the more organic sounds of stacked guitars and organs. The band were joined on the title track by Paul Von Mertens (a frequent collaborator with Brian Wilson) on flute and clarinet; and Nick Macri on double bass. Prekop delivers some of the most vocal-centric songs in the band’s catalogue. His words are chosen and placed for their sound and cumulative meaning. This poetic, painterly approach invites a myriad of lyrical interpretations. One can derive varied personal meanings from each song. This broad connection and truth may be the key to the bands remarkable currency with their fans for over 25 years. The heart of the album’s instrumentation is Prewitt’s intriguing choice of guitar effects, sparingly used to enhance his counter melodies. The combinations create a wealth of textures from surprisingly few instruments. From the distant coos of “Starling” to string like swells of “Into Rain,” Prewitt’s contributions are potent. John McEntire’s deft hands behind the drums, bass, and mixing board enliven the album’s minimal approach with a nimble shimmer just as exquisite as the more densely layered earlier albums.

Any Day captures The Sea And Cake’s distinctive aural alchemy, melding longing melancholy with hopeful excitement. In other hands the combination seems impossible, but for The Sea And Cake, it’s effortless.

www.theseaandcake.com


 

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Masterful indie folk-pop trio Moonrise Nation recently released their debut album, Glamour Child, July 28 on Zinc Records, a label formed by Bobby Z of Prince’s band, The Revolution. Today, the trio share a stunning live acoustic video of album cut, “Demo Day” with Northern Transmissions. Of the video, Emma McCall explains, “When I wrote Demo Day all I had was a dinky, little guitar in my apartment. It was mid-January in Chicago and my roommate and I were poor so the apartment was always freezing. My guitar was terribly out of tune so I just played the top three strings and that’s where the main guitar riff came from. It only took me about 30 minutes to write the whole song. I had just spent a long night with my partner at the time and realized that the relationship was ending. I was analyzing the design of our connection and how hard we had tried to build something that was just not going to work. Ending in a grey area and ultimately letting go of love was very trying for me and I still reflect on that lesson whenever I listen to the track. Performing it stripped down in a desolate gym with only our voices and a lone electric guitar echoing off the walls is an homage to Demo Day’s humble beginnings; it intensifies the feelings of defeat and desperation while also remaining intimate and a bit hopeful.” While on their recent tour, the trio spent time in Chicago for a session with Audiotree, and in LA on Live Nation’s rooftop for a session with BalconyTV.

www.moonrisenation.com

 

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Millennium Park
201 E. Randolph St.
Michigan Ave. & Columbus Ave.
Chicago, IL 60601


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Millennium Garages

Parking Details: Park right below the music! Garage locations are Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage at 5 S. Columbus Drive, Grant Park North Garage at 25 N. Michigan Ave. and Grant Park South Garage at 325 S. Michigan Ave.

Packages: $35 parking/Millennium Park Garage and Millennium Lakeside Garage (regular rates apply at Grant Park North & Grant Park South Garages)

Purchase Options: Pay at parking location; call 312.616.0600

Website: www.millenniumgarages.com


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Take CTA to the Millennium Park Summer Music Series, for travel information, visit www.transitchicago.com.

  • From the elevated lines: exit at Washington/Wabash and walk east.
  • From the subway: exit at Lake (Red Line) or Washington (Blue Line) and walk east.
  • Served by buses 3,4,6,J14,20,56,60,124,146,147,151, and 157.

 

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