Boomkat Product Review:
**2012 Thrill Jockey 20th Anniversary Edition** Having delivered one of my personal favourite albums of recent years with his gorgeous self-titled debut, Sam Prekop finally returns to the fray with his first new material in over 5 years. In a week that saw the demise of two mighty British institutions (Little Chef and Ground Force of course...), Sam Prekop's 'sunshine on the outside dark in the middle' approach to song writing does well to reflect the national mood. Or maybe not. Nevertheless Prekop's second album is a temperate mix of the sharp and soft, matching the mood of the listener through honeyed vocals and instrumentation that will charm your socks off one minute then have you reaching for the hard liquor the next. Opening with the mellifluous, balmy guitar pop of 'Something', Prekop gives a nod to his Sea and Cake days as Latin flavoured, lazy hearted folk is furnished by fleeting emissions of trumpet. On to this Prekop weaves his sublime vocals, instilling a lustrous warmth to proceedings. Following on with the thrift-shoptronica of 'Magic Step', Prekop puts his formidable band through the paces (including Josh Abrams and Chad Taylor of Chicago Underground) as tight percussion and mercurial guitars lend a real sense of urgency, whilst elsewhere 'Dot Eye' sees warm, shuffling accompaniment to Prekop's bittersweet vocals which reveal how cross-generic music can succeed in sounding so fresh and moving. Flitting between styles whilst retaining an all important cohesion, Sam Prekop proves that off kilter ballads ('Little Bridges') can happily exist on the same album as ebbing, folk-infused songwriting experiments ('Chicago People'). Wrapping things up with the gorgeous 'Between Outside', Prekop mumbles "I could have started earlier..." and, on the basis of Who's Your Professor, let's hope it's a personal affirmation not to take another 5 years to deliver his next release. Huge recommendation.