- Audio CD (March 5 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Sonic Unyon Records
- ASIN: B00006JCJF
- In-Print Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
|1. Four Corners|
|2. Left Side Clouded|
|3. Hotel Tell|
|4. Le Baron|
|5. Shoulder Length|
|6. One Bedroom|
|8. Mr. F|
|9. Try Nothing|
|10. Sound & Vision|
Don't believe the 3.5 star average (at least before this)...this album is great. It's hard to say much that hasn't been said, but I will say this..."Le Baron" is an amazing song. "Interiors" really strikes some personal chords as well.
Each song on the album is quite unique. The drumming, as these guys are known for, is excellent. I would recommend listening to these guys with a bass system...most groups that aren't rap or techno generally don't exploit bass too much, and as a result, those two genres sound awesome with a subwoofer, while other music doesn't benefit as much. Let me say this; with a sub, One Bedroom (and The Biz) is absolutely amazing. Listen to "Hotel Tell" with a good system if you don't believe me.
Anyways, as the title of this review suggests, first time or two you listen to it, it's not gonna be as good. There are times when you can really get into it - coming from someone who loves a lot of music and tries to listen to it as much as possible, if any album is so enticing that I'll listen to it three times in one day, there's gonna be something special there. One Bedroom is one of those albums.
The first track, "Four Corners," immediately sets the tone for the entire album, and TSAC is at the top of their creative game here. A hypnotic (as well as memorable) riff from Archer Prewitt and John McEntire's 4-to-the-floor drumming sets things off, but not before the electronics help intensify the proceedings (along with Eric Claridge's always melodic bass playing). Not until the 3-minute mark do we hear Sammy Prekop chiming in with his first words of the whole album, and he delivers the goods. Like an indie rock answer to Dave Matthews, Prekop may be hard to figure out in terms of what he's singing about, but this is the TSAC I've always loved & known, & this track really stands up for repeated listening.
"Hotel Tell," the title track, "Mr. F," "Interiors," and a cover of Bowie's "Sound & Vision" are no doubt highlights on an already awesome album, done up in typical TSAC fashion, but the indisputable highlight that deserves some mentioning is "Shoulder Length." Again, McEntire's fetish for analog synths and old-school rhythm machines really work together brilliantly, but on this track, even more so. However, they don't distract from the center of attention - you guessed it, Sam Prekop right up front in the mix. With its dub/reggae/Can/Neu!/techno vibe all over the place, "Shoulder Length", even if it clocks in at just over 3 minutes, is worth every second of its playing time.Read more ›
But that doesn't mean that One Bedroom isn't a good record. The Sea and Cake have been around long enough to prove they're not going away any time soon. Instead of latching onto the fickle scenes that have come and gone over the years, the Sea and Cake have worked against the grain of musical trends with great success. Ignoring the electronic zeal that began to mushroom in the mid-'90s, the Sea and Cake made rock music with two guitars, a bass and drums. Since their debut in 1994, they've managed to slowly and cautiously integrate tasteful and subtle electronic undercurrents into their sound. These are not four college sophomores with hopes of changing the face of music as we know it.
One Bedroom, their sixth album, floats by in a haze. Each song sounds as if it was recorded live, with guitar, bass and drums, and then glazed over with an electronic veneer. With little variance in tempo, it's easy to forget the record is playing. Great effort was obviously expended in post-production, and the result is stunning: Sam Prekop's voice often-and sometimes mid-phrase-becomes just another synthetic layer, the vocals become secondary to the overall sound. The drums sound like they've been compressed into intricate reflections of beats once played. Guitars are present, but they seem like an afterthought, while the bass anchors the album and gives the melodies something to work against.Read more ›