sam prekop sam prekop (thrill jockey)
while this one is a solo recording, the musicians used are a combination of members from the sea and cake (including prekop and archer prewitt) and various associates of jim o'rourke (who produces here). i picked this one up because i thought the combination sounded promising, and there are times when i find the sea and cake somewhat interesting to listen to. so far, my opinion of this recording is that it has a fairly light touch to it, in an thoughtful and intentional way. there is some vibe connecting this with the jim o'rourke and stephen prina records reviewed above. i really like some of the guitar parts. some of the string and horn arrangements remind me of stuff on the love album forever changes, which is high praise, in my opinion. o'rourke's hand on this seems very apparent, which is another good thing going for it. i was prepared to give this a mild slam, but as i listen to it over again for confirmation of its deserving of rebuke, i am hearing a quite supple strength, a tensile value to the arrangements and composition, and a fine ongoing development in the work. i am drawn in, when i was prepared to be bored and dismissive. i look forward to hearing this one more times this coming summer.
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