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The Sea And Cake -《The Sea And Cake》[MP3!]

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    发行时间1994年
    地区美国
    语言英语
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专辑中文名The Sea And Cake
资源格式MP3
发行时间1994年
地区美国
语言英语
简介

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专辑类型:Indie Pop

专辑介绍:

Tortoise与The Sea And Cake──两队同样来自美国芝加哥Post-Rock乐圈的乐团。前者玩纯音乐Post-Rock,着重音乐上的实验元素、折衷性的曲风配套与其破格创意精神,真真正正地树立起后摇滚的意义;后者则玩Song-Based的Post-Rock流行曲,风格介乎独立流行曲与后摇滚之间。彼此的音乐风格,可谓大相径庭。就是因为一位「火麒麟」乐手John McEntire,而把两者串连起来,从而经常被作相提并论。

甚至乎起初我认识到 The Sea And Cake,也是因为阵中包括了John McEntire这位Tortoise的灵魂人物。纵使我明知主唱兼结他手Sam Prekop才是The Sea And Cake的主将,但多年来总会一厢情愿地从John McEntire的角度去比较Tortoise与The Sea And Cake。

成军十四载的The Sea And Cake,上张专辑已是2003年初的发表One Bedroom了。阔别四年,乐团带来了他们的第七张专辑Everybody。今次The Sea And Cake跟以往来得不一样之处,是John McEntire不用再身兼鼓手与监制/录音师两职。

McEntire的甜点
人所共知, Tortoise是Post-Rock界的精英乐团,每位队员皆是独当一面的乐手。然而The Sea And Cake亦不遑多让,四位团员亦各有来头。主将Sam Prekop和低音结他手Eric Claridge是来自乐团Shrimp Boat,结他手Archer Prewitt则是来自The Coctails,而三人也是出身自艺术学院的视觉艺术工作者,Tortoise的1994年首张同名专辑的封面设计便是出自Sam之手笔;至于 McEntire的履历,相信要用黄页分类才能逐一列得清清楚楚。

来到过去十年,在幕前乐手的角色而言,其实McEntire已只专注在 Tortoise和The Sea And Cake这两队乐团的发展,已没有像早年般同时穿插在多队乐团(Bastro、Gastr del Sol、Shrimp Boat、Red Krayola)之间。

所以在Tortoise里,作为领队的McEntire,他兼任多媒乐手与音响大臣之重任,是给他履行其音乐野心的平台;而在The Sea And Cake里,他则主要是轻轻松松地担任鼓击手的角色为主而已,毕竟McEntire本是鼓击手出身,也是他最早学习的乐器。

所以对于McEntire来说,Tortoise就是他的主菜,而The Sea And Cake则是他的餐后甜品而已。

事实上The Sea And Cake那种清爽漂亮、为之心旷神怡的后摇滚流行曲,那的确犹如尝一客餐后甜品般美好。

首次征用唱片监制
踏入2000年,The Sea And Cake的Oui为他们带来高度评价,堪称乐队一张美不胜收的登峰造极之作。然而三年后发表的One Bedroom,他们却表示不甚满意,因为对他们来说这是一张作品尚未完成、要靠录音室进行琢面的专辑。反之其实Prekop等人喜欢歌曲大功告成后,才展开录音工作,当年的Oui如是,现在的Everybody也如是。

在One Bedroom之后,McEntire与Tortoise在2004年出版过It’s All Around You专辑;而Prekop和Prewitt二人,亦相继同在2005年发表了其个人专辑Who’s Your New Professor及Wilderness。个别发展多时之后,The Sea And Cake又再走在一起,在短时间内有效率地灌录了这张Everybody出来。

有别于以往The Sea And Cake的专辑,今次McEntire离开了录音师椅子,而交由曾跟Slint及Wilco合作的Brian Paulson操刀监制一职,也是他们首次征用别的唱片监制,好让McEntire能够专心打鼓,毋须在鼓座旁放着一台Mixing Board。直至混音阶段,才返回McEntire的自家录音室Soma Electronic Music Studios进行。

如沐春风
The Sea And Cake的歌曲仍是那么清爽怡人、如沐春风,Sam Prekop的嗓音仍是如斯的轻盈而羞怯,Archer Prewitt的结他仍是如斯的铿锵,也是他们历来风格最直截了当的一张专辑。Prekop形容Everybody是他们的摇滚专辑──但他对摇滚的定义,是英伦六十年代乐团The Kinks那种美好Classic Rock的声音。

所以今次The Sea And Cake在Everybody里的歌曲,亦来得更见清爽、温暖、阳光与洁白,如Too Strong和Coconut之爽朗畅快,可谓有如八十年代的苏格兰Postcard Sound抑或Twee-Pop等清新独立流行之音。

Middlenight 和Introducing继续彰显其一贯Jazz-Pop气息,Crossing Line更来得有点Jazz-Funk。更叫人深刻,是Exact To Me这首以连绵的结他配以非洲节奏的Afro-Pop小品,还有Left On犹如德国Krautrock先锋Neu!的Motorik曲风,都不失他们的后摇滚流行乐特色。

在Everybody内除了刊有Sam Prekop的真迹歌词、和弦谱与手绘的册子外,还另附三张他摄于芝加哥的明信片。事实上他也将会在日本Press Pop Gallery旗下出版一本摄影集。玩音乐之余他亦不离其美术本色。

The Sea And Cake的音乐,其实也很明信片呢。(转自http://www.wodege.com/rocknroll/2007/3-81396.shtml)

The Sea and Cake is one of those great bands that hardly ever get the recognition they deserve, as they serve up gentle, whimsical post-rock without pretension. It takes a little while to fully "get" the Sea And Cake's self-titled debut, but it's a swooning, sunny trip when you finally do.

It opens with the gentle, slightly trippy "Jacking the Ball," a little gem of a song that serves to hook and draw in listeners. Not poppy, not hookish -- just very, very pretty. Following it up is "Polio," with its soft brass arrangements over a pretty, airy musical arrangement -- the horns ground the melody, and add a more vibrant feeling to this song.

Among the songs that follow are the soft ballads "Bring My Car I Feel to Smash It" and loungey, languid "So Long to the Captain." And the darker, percussive sound of "Culabra Cut" with eerie brass arrangements... not to mention the sparkling keyboard/guitar pop of "Choice Blanket." And that's only some of it.

At first listen, many people might label "Sea and Cake" to be simple easy-listening music. It's soft, airy and pretty, and the hardest instrumentation that can be found is some mellow guitarwork. Not terribly rock-ish. But the Sea and Cake's soothing grooves are a lot more complex than they seem at first glance.

There are some hints of loungey jazz and indie pop woven into this music, which is mostly gentle guitarwork, often kept slow and quiet. Backing that up are some pretty wicked drums -- they're subtle enough that it's easy to not notice they are there, yet they are also an integral part of the music. And there's some equally subtle keyboard, adding to the feeling of drifting away on a sunny beach.

Sam Prekop's vocals are as dreamy and subtle as the music itself is; this guy sounds like he was made to sing this. And the lyrics are a mix of melancholy and optimism; one minute Prekop is singing "Showboat angel you're crazy/When you're saving me," then he's lamenting, "I'm better off lonely reels the captain/Smoke jumps from the fingertips/Smoke slips through the blue lips/I'm better off lonely."

Beautiful and memorable, the Sea and Cake's self-titled debut is definitely a keeper. Mixing gently indie-jazzy grooves with post-rock smoothness isn't easy, but it's the heart of this album.



专辑曲目

1. Jacking The Ball
2. Polio
3. Bring My Car I Feel To Smash It
4. Flat Lay The Water
5. Choice Blanket
6. Culabra Cut
7. Bombay
8. Showboat Angel
9. So Long To The Captain
10. Lost In Autumn
11. Bonus Track 1


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