Boomkat Product Review:
On a first new solo side in five years Chicago post-rock supremo and experimentalist Sam Prekop (The Sea And Cake) yields his sleekest, most entrancing modular kosmiche music in a melodic model shared with everyone from BV Dub to Ulrich Schnauss and Nathan Fake
Best known in the ‘90s for his jazz-leaning post-rock with Sea And Cake, a key part of the Chicago scene with likes of Tortoise and Jim O’Rourke, for the past decade Sam Prekop has been preoccupied with the quirks and quarks of modular synths and kosmiche music, inevitably leading to ‘Comma’, the most lustrous Lufthansa business class refinement of the sound he’s been developing since 2010’s ‘Pavilion’.
Etching arcing lines from original mountain-dwelling communal German rock, to its pastoral shades, and thru Chicago’s spirited junctures of jazz and experimental indie-pop (found nowadays on the amazing International Anthem Recording Company), and thru to bubbling Acidic house and heart-cupping choral ambient gems, Prekop’s timelessly natural feel for melody brings the soul out of his modular machines in a manner that allows for all the odd, buzzing artefacts and electrical hum that comes with it (is it?), generating thee cutest ambient-pop in ‘September Remember’, while his indie-pop clinamen really comes to the disco on ‘Wax Wing’ and ‘Park Line’, and you’ll find melancholy IDM levels worth of Ulrich Schnauss on ‘The New Last’.
A lovely bunch; timeless in simplicity, execution and effect.