Sam Prekop ‎– Sam Prekop

Thrill Jockey ‎– thrill 061
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1 Showrooms
Bass – Josh Abrams*Guitar – Archer PrewittOrgan, Backing Vocals – Jim O'RourkePercussion – Chad TaylorViolin, Viola – Julie PomerleauVocals, Guitar – Sam Prekop
2 The Company
Bass – Josh Abrams*Guitar – Archer PrewittPercussion – Chad TaylorVocals, Guitar – Sam Prekop
3 Practice Twice
Bass – Josh Abrams*Cornet – Rob MazurekGuitar – Archer PrewittPercussion – Chad TaylorSynthesizer [Synthesized Strings] – Jim O'RourkeVocals, Guitar – Sam Prekop
4 A Cloud To The Back
Bass – Josh Abrams*Guitar – Jim O'RourkePercussion – Chad TaylorPiano – Archer Prewitt, Sam Prekop
5 Don't Bother
Bass, Piano – Josh Abrams*Guitar – Archer PrewittViolin, Viola – Julie PomerleauVocals, Guitar – Sam Prekop
6 Faces And People
Bass – Josh Abrams*Bass [Six-string Bass] – Jim O'RourkeCornet – Rob MazurekGuitar – Archer Prewitt, Sam PrekopPercussion – Chad TaylorTriangle – John McEntire
7 On Such Favors
Backing Vocals – Jim O'RourkeBass – Josh Abrams*Guitar – Archer PrewittPercussion – Chad TaylorVocals, Guitar – Sam Prekop
8 The Shadow
Bass – Josh Abrams*Electric Piano – Jim O'RourkeGuitar – Archer PrewittPercussion – Chad TaylorVocals, Guitar, Electric Piano – Sam Prekop
9 Smaller Rivers
Guitar – Archer Prewitt, Sam PrekopPiano – Josh Abrams*
10 So Shy
Electric Bass – Josh Abrams*Guitar – Archer PrewittMaracas, Tambourine – John McEntirePercussion – Chad TaylorSlide Guitar – Jim O'RourkeViolin, Viola – Julie PomerleauVocals, Guitar – Sam Prekop

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Basic tracks recorded at Solid Sound, Hoffman Estates. All other recording at Steam Room, Chicago 1998.

℗ 1999 Thrill Jockey. © 1999 Sam Prekop.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 0 36172 87612 9
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L481
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI8108

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
thrill 061 Sam Prekop Sam Prekop(LP, Album, Ltd, RE, Blu) Thrill Jockey thrill 061 UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
TKCB-71553 Sam Prekop Sam Prekop(CD, Album) Thrill Jockey TKCB-71553 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
thrill 061 Sam Prekop Sam Prekop(LP, Album) Thrill Jockey thrill 061 US 1999 Sell This Version
TKCB-71553 Sam Prekop Sam Prekop(CD, Album, Promo) Thrill Jockey TKCB-71553 Japan 1999 Sell This Version
THRILL-JP21, HEADZ 42 Sam Prekop Sam Prekop(CD, Album) Thrill Jockey, Headz THRILL-JP21, HEADZ 42 Japan 2005 Sell This Version


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January 21, 2019

You no doubt recognize Sam Prekop from his full time band Sea & Cake, another post-rock group hailing from the windy city of Chicago. And (laughing) just listening to this toned down breeze laden album, I feel like tossing my hat in the air, Mary Tyler Moore Style and wandering off, imagining the havoc a loose hat in the wind would play with oncoming mid-morning traffic, crashing from one window to another, smacking the occasional pedestrian, before settling on the antenna of a cop car, where it would ride all day long, dreaming of finding its way back to me.

There are those who would like to infer that his album is gentle and sublime, I call it absent minded, seamless background filler with elements of funk and jazz, held in check by invincible instrumentations, suggesting music a freeform high school aesthetics dance class would find intoxicatingly flowing, graceful and emancipating.

The emotional possibilities of modular synthesis seems to be the predominant ongoing, if not running theme here, and if anyone else suggest that the album is simply divine for a half slumber ride on the Blue Line, I’m gonna go find my hat and smack them with it. Geez, I simply hate obnoxious open-ended contemporary musical commentary that says nothing and goes nowhere, other than to fill the quiet space I was enjoying. Though the worst remarks I’ve ever heard went like this, Simple clean tones bubbling along, redolent of an era when we hoped that technology could save humanity from itself. PLEASE, give me a break, another pretentious visionary, one I would expect to find standing in line at a Woody Allen movie, pontificating on and on about how this music proudly exists as sonic information, music that invites you to mediate on how a simple tone with a halo of white noise pulsing along makes one feel.

The album and the contents that lay herein ask no questions, nor do they venture any answers, only undefined ambiguity, late night neat ambient smoothness based only on a listener’s perceptions. Yes, critics are gonna stretch themselves thin to justify this album’s existence, they’re gonna go to great lengths to attempt to explain the intellectual purity here, the importance of just being, though when all is said and done, I say “Have you ever felt the warmth from listening to your steam pipes crackle, where there’s a rhythmic quality to the water pulsing though those ancient circulating coils from the last century, vibrating in syncopation to the traffic on the street below, where the hum of your alarm clock, a sound you once found so annoying, slowly begins to mesh with the babbling water dripping from your sink, and you realize that we’re all innerly connected though sound, and this space right here right now is so beautiful that you never want to open the front door again.

Review by Jenell Kesler


March 11, 2018
Fantastic pressing! One of my new favorites in my collection.