Customarily Sea and Cake take three or four years between releases (with the exception of their early discography), but Car Alarm, surprisingly, is released fresh on the heels of their last full-length. Sea and Cake are one of those bands like The Fall. Not in sound, but in reliability: always different, always the same. Here, the breezy, light, deft songwriting is still the same, but the hooks are more pronounced, whereas in their early 00s albums some of the numbers tended to dissolve a little too easily on the ear. Think of this as a kind of cross between Oui/One Bedroom and The Biz, a successful hybrid: Sea and Cake's most energetic offering in a while.