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The Moonlight Butterfly CD


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The Sea and Cake are a band who need very little introduction. In their extensive 20 year career the band has bridged the gap between Brazilian music of the late 1960's, African influenced guitar lines, and independent pop. A sound that is entirely distinct, centered around the delicate guitar interplay of Sam Prekop and Archer Prewitt, driven by the versatile rhythms of bassist Eric ... Read more in Amazon's The Sea and Cake Store

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  • Audio CD (23 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • ASIN: B004THWY6I
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,066 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Covers
2. Lyric
3. The Moonlight Butterfly
4. Up On the North Shore
5. Inn Keeping
6. Monday

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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B. Owen on 21 Jun 2011
Format: Vinyl
Classic sea and cake although the melodious bass lines seem to take precedence. I'll always buy a Sea and Cake record no matter what the weather. Great easy delivery, crisp guitar lines and tight loose driving drumming. End of review. . . etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
The Sea & Cake Aren't Washed Up 2 July 2011
By default_gamer - Published on Amazon.com
The Sea & Cake continue their little saga of contemplative and relaxing albums with this stunning new release. If you've enjoyed their direction since "Everybody," then you'll quickly be happy to discover this album is a continuation of such style, but with lovely experimentation intertwined in the bumps and grooves of the compact disc. Being only 6 songs long and barely over 30 minutes, I'm a little surprised they didn't label this as an EP. That's the one thing that bothers me- where's the rest of the songs? But you know, these are great quality tunes so I shouldn't complain too much. I was taken by huge surprise when I first discovered TS&C with "Everybody," then later picking up the tremendous "Car Alarm" and much of their masterful back catalog such as "Nassau" "The Biz" and of course their self titled debut. They've changed a lot along the way, and I still really love their always jazzy blends of indie rock. The Moonlight Butterfly almost seems to have come out of nowhere (I'm the first review 2 months after it was released), but don't think that the lack of popularity makes this sub-par. The album is so cohesive that tracks just shouldn't be listened to individually- it's a wholesome experience that demands your attention. There's slight experimentation in some senses. The biggest can be seen on, for example, the title track, which utilizes more electronic sounds and synthesizers than TS&C have been using recently (reminds me of Sam Prekop's newest solo effort), and on here appears the 10 minute epic "Inn Keeping". Many interesting effects are used to exciting extents starting with the opening track, and it really produces a lovely atmosphere! And of course there's Prekop's perfect, whisper/light-as-air vocals and John McEntire's precise and dynamic drumming. Overall, a pretty and crisp new record. I'm only not giving it 5 stars because there really should've been at least 10 songs, but I guess The Sea And Cake only want their albums so long. I just like them longer haha. The good news is that they are already working on a new album to release later this year or early next. Talk about prolific! And they're touring up and down. Pick up this release if you can- I'm sure no one would be disappointed.
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a shorter but still mesmerizing album 7 April 2012
By Scott Hedegard - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One thing about having a rather long reviews history, it gives me the opportunity to expose lesser known but no less great musicians and bands to those who might check a review on a much more well known band. In keeping with my truly spastic musical tastes, while I am digging the hell out of Mastodon and the newest Ministry albums, I also have a soft spot for mellow jazz influenced or slightly psychedelic music in the mode of quieter Pink Floyd moments, for example.
Those who are fans of Pink Floyd and Steely Dan, take serious note. While The Sea and Cake isn't derivative of either band, they still have the ethereal quality of Floyd and the jazz chops of Steely Dan, albeit a more sedate approach. Sam Prekop's nearly whispered voice practically floats in mid-air and makes this, like everything S & C have done since their "Fawn" album a hypnotic experience.
"The Moonlight Butterfly" is a shorter CD at 33 minutes and apparently is an interim release while they work on a new full length album. But don't let its brevity turn you away. This time around, the band has opted for longer instrumental passages, like the title track and are delving into some mild but different (for them) electronica amid the smooth guitar work. It's an interesting direction, and maybe a hint at a new sound that may present itself in full form on the next album.
Sonically it's the most captivating since their great album "Oui", still the greatest album The Sea And Cake ever did, in this reviewer's opinion. It's great for nighttime, the stars and open road, provided you aren't sleepy, because this stuff is so dreamy you will nod off if you're not careful. But that doesn't mean it's dull, by any means. "The Moonlight Butterfly", like its name suggests, gently caresses the ear and lifts you into a different plane of existence, even if it's only for a little over half an hour. Get "Oui" and play them back to back for a longer listen.
Not the sea and cake's best, but very nice little album. 29 Mar 2012
By chrissy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Sure this may only have six tracks and not the full length album, but it has a very few nice tracks on there. Their first album since car alarm and prekops first sac album since old punch card released a few months prior. The calm laid back vocals are still there from Prekop as always, and some interesting guitar rifts and synthesizers are nice touches. Covers and lyric are very cool tracks, but my favorite song is probably Inn Keeping. The other songs are so-so. Definitely worth picking up.
Great album, great record. 11 Dec 2011
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Vinyl Verified Purchase
The Sea and Cake go (more) electronic with this release, but they're still as good as they've always been. The clear vinyl is neat and plays quiet.
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