Sam Prekop - The Republic
Regardless of the style he is working in, Sam Prekop‰۪s music is always imbued with a sense of wide-eyed discovery and exploration. As the singer and guitarist of The Sea And Cake, Prekop has incorporated elements of traditional styles from around the world, expanding the public perception of what it means to be the leader of a pop band. In recent years, he has also established himself as a modular synthesist, building his instrument meticulously to find the perfect combination of oscillators, sequencers, limiters and filters to create a system that allows him to create sounds that are surprising and inviting.
His new album, ‰Û÷The Republic‰۪, is Sam Prekop‰۪s latest synthesizer work, following 2010‰۪s ‰Û÷Old Punch Card‰۪ and showcases Prekop‰۪s talent for creating expressive music through mechanical patterns, repetitions and chance.
Prekop‰۪s innate gifts of melodic turns of phrase that have made him a revered songwriter are transferred into new forms in his synthesizer work, aided by the unpredictable melodic capabilities of analogue sequencers and ‰Û÷The Republic‰۪ is an exciting new chapter in his development as an accomplished synthesist. ‰Û÷The Republic‰۪ moves Prekop‰۪s synthesizer compositions further into the realm of the accessible without abandoning the experimental legacy of the instrument.
The first half of ‰Û÷The Republic‰۪ consists of songs that were originally created as a score for a video installation of the same name by David Hartt which was shown at the David Nolan Gallery in New York.
Although Prekop has primarily only performed synthesizer sets in Chicago, in part due to the extensive process of setting up and dismantling the instrument, he plans to perform works incorporating elements of ‰Û÷The Republic‰۪ throughout the US and Europe in 2015.
Sam Prekop is not only the singer and songwriter of The Sea And Cake but also a well respected painter and photographer.
CD version in 4 panel mini-LP style gatefold package.
LP version pressed on virgin vinyl and packaged in a high gloss jacket with artworked innersleeve and free download coupon. Initial copies are pressed on limited blue vinyl, remaining copies on black.