Who's Your New Professor

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Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Who's Your New Professor, the second solo disc from Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop, takes much of its personality from his distinctive vocal delivery, a sing-speak that floods the album with an intimate vibe. His unusual cadence and silky coos on tunes such as "Two Dedications," on which they're cushioned by a synthy meringue, and "Density," on which they seem to melt into Rob Mazurek's gauzy cornet playing, invite the listener into Prekop's world, as if his lyrics were a private aside. Likewise, his instrumentation -- informed by the jazz-rock-Latin triumvirate behind much of the best post-rock -- is a tasteful mélange of guitars, keyboards, percussion, and ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Lydia Vanderloo
Who's Your New Professor, the second solo disc from Sea & Cake frontman Sam Prekop, takes much of its personality from his distinctive vocal delivery, a sing-speak that floods the album with an intimate vibe. His unusual cadence and silky coos on tunes such as "Two Dedications," on which they're cushioned by a synthy meringue, and "Density," on which they seem to melt into Rob Mazurek's gauzy cornet playing, invite the listener into Prekop's world, as if his lyrics were a private aside. Likewise, his instrumentation -- informed by the jazz-rock-Latin triumvirate behind much of the best post-rock -- is a tasteful mélange of guitars, keyboards, percussion, and cornet that's as well schooled as it is easy on the ears. The bubbling instrumental "Magic Step," for example, betrays Prekop's fascination with Brazilian moods, its hiccupping rhythm framing a conversation with shimmering acoustic and electric guitar strums, but comes across as something deeper, and more natural sounding than record collector snobbery. Recorded with post-rock studio wiz John McEntire, Who's Your New Professor relies less on electronic programming than the Sea & Cake's last album, One Bedroom, boasting a warm, organic sound that's as also cool and airy as whipped cream. Sam Prekop's specialty might be cerebral pop, but one needn't have an advanced degree to appreciate it.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/18/2012
  • Label: Thrill Jockey
  • UPC: 790377014617
  • Catalog Number: 146
  • Sales rank: 196,439

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something (3:49)
  2. 2 Magic Step (2:41)
  3. 3 Dot Eye (4:37)
  4. 4 Two Dedications (4:28)
  5. 5 Chicago People (2:44)
  6. 6 Little Bridges (3:00)
  7. 7 A Splendid Hollow (2:39)
  8. 8 C + F (4:32)
  9. 9 Neighbor to Neighbor (1:35)
  10. 10 Density (4:51)
  11. 11 Between Outside (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sam Prekop Primary Artist, Guitar, Piano, Vocals
Rob Mazurek Cornet
Archer Prewitt Guitar, Piano
John McEntire Synthesizer, Percussion, Guest Appearance
Joshua Abrams Piano, Electric Bass, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Electric Piano, Double Bass, Acoustic Bass
Chad Taylor Drums
Technical Credits
Rob Mazurek Arranger
Archer Prewitt Arranger
John McEntire Arranger, Engineer
Sam Prekop Arranger, Composer, Artwork
Tim Iseler Engineer
Joshua Abrams Arranger
Chad Taylor Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    At first I only liked a few songs, especially Density. The I listened to the album again... and liked a few more. Now the album's a recent favorite, and I rarely enjoy entire albums. Prekop does well solo, without sounding only like more Sea and Cake.

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