PRINT September 1997


The Sea and Cake

Released after more than a year-long recording hiatus, The Sea and Cake’s latest effort, The Fawn, is a small masterpiece of grooviness, at once beautiful, happy, and slightly silly. Oozing, sliding, and burbling out of your speakers, it’s a kind of sonic equivalent to lava-lamp blobs. Which is not to imply that The Fawn or The Sea and Cake are a purely camp experience; actually, you get the sense that the guys enjoy this stuff in a truly genuine way, and you can too.

The Sea and Cake first got started in the fall of 1993, at a time when Chicago music was dominated by two forces—an alterna-rock front (Smashing Pumpkins, et al.) and various WaxTrax bands (almost everybody Al Jorgensen produced). But bubbling just beneath the surface was a nascent scene of committed pop aficionados—people with more soul than Sabbath in their album collections. Among them were onetime members of Shrimp Boat

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