The Sea and Cake, “A Mere (demo)”

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The Sea and the Cake

Chicago's The Sea and Cake recently dropped their acoustic guitar demo “A Mere”, a minimalist ode of word play, thoughts and reflections of mirrored / mere sentiments. The song is taken from the sessions of their new album Runner that began as a companion piece to last year's The Moonlight Butterfly where periods of remote song craft brought new breakthroughs for the group even before John McEntire could mix it all at Chicago's Soma Studios.

“Here I stand examined on a mission, there is a reason we start, overthrown with wonderful ambition…” Sam Prekop reminds us of the band's many gifts over the years as their label Thrill Jockey turns 20 with a series of anniversary gigs and plans to re-release 4 classic S&C LPs. In this unplugged bonus track from their new album Runner, we hear the road travelled from their 90s beginnings to their current creative ambitions that overthrow any alternate option other than the art of curating dreamlike musical prose from newfound consciousness. “Was it even your voice, I heard, we told her, was it even your choice?”

Their new album Runner is out now from Thrill Jockey.

Catch The Sea and Cake on their fall tour with The Fiery Furnaces' Matthew Friedberger on the following dates.


18 Toronto, ON – Lee's Palace
19 Montreal, QC – Il Motore
20 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
21 Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
22 New York, NY – Le Poisson Rouge
23 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
24 Washington, DC – Black Cat
25 Carrboro, NC – Cat's Cradle
26 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
27 Cincinnati, OH – Taft Theatre Ballroom
28 St. Louis, MO – Luminary Center
29 Chicago, IL – City Winery


1 Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre
3 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
4 Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
5 Eugene, OR – WOW Hall
6 Arcata, CA – Jambalaya
7 Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre
8 San Francisco, CA – Slims
9 Visalia, CA – Cellar Door
10 Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg Bar
11 San Diego, CA – Casbah
12 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
13 Marfa, TX – Padre's
14 Austin, TX – Mohawk
15 Dallas, TX – Trees