In my musical opinion, Sam Prekop was the best member of The Sea and Cake.
If you don’t believe me, look at his latest solo album Who’s Your New Professor.
For a lot of people absence can tend to make the heart grow fonder. For Chicago native Sam Prekop, absence makes his already superb music better. Since his first release in 1999, Prekop has learned to variate the style of his music and achieve a fresh new sound that is most often butchered by other musicians or looked over by many. When asked about how he went about making his record, Prekop said:
“I was consciously trying to get away from the Brazilian influence. It did seep in occasionally, but I was careful to approach the record differently. This time around there seems to be a curious blues quality to many of the pieces which has never happened before.”
Using unconventional guitar tunings, Prekop manages to incorporate an almost groovy blues sound into a record that sounds close to pop perfection. Now, usually I am not a huge fan of artists that attempt to incorporate a blues orienteded music style into a catchy collection of vocal melodies but this Professor has his tenure and is at the top of his game.
If you haven’t really checked out Mr. Prekop yet, then I recommend signing up for his class. But I am sure you’ll get waitlisted…So just buy the album.