Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s selection, featured on the Afternoon Show with Kevin Cole, is “On and On” by The Sea and Cake from the forthcoming album Runner on Thrill Jockey.
Formed in Chicago in 1994, The Sea And Cake became well known for combining their electronic-tinged rock with jazz and post-rock sensibilities. Although particularly prolific early in their career, the band’s momentum had slowed somewhat by the early 2000s, and the group took a three-year hiatus. Returning in 2008 with the album Car Alarm, the band has returned to making music at a rapid rate, with their forthcoming album Runner arriving only a year after their previous LP, 2011’s The Moonlight Butterfly. The opening track on Runner, “On and On” starts with a burst of feedback-drenched guitar but quickly shifts into an uptempo groove that’s filled out by grainy waves of echoing guitar chords and rumbling bass. Sam Prekop’s light, breathy vocals take over, and as the momentum of John McEntire’s drum beat continues, the track peaks with a phasing guitar solo that ends the song on a textural high note. “On and On”‘s economic songwriting recalls the current wave of lo-fi, 60s-inspired guitar pop, but unlike those fresh-faced bands, The Sea and Cake approach this pop-inspired song with a level of textural and compositional experience that makes the song both familiar and fresh to longtime fans of the band.
The Sea and Cake will be touring behind Runner in October and November, including a stop at the Crocodile in Seattle on November 4th. You can keep an eye on their website in case any further dates come up, but in the meantime, watch the video for “Weekend” from the band’s 2008 album Car Alarm below.