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Sam Prekop

Sam Prekop

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Already loaded with indie cred from his work in the Sea and Cake, Sam Prekop teams with indie buds Jim O’Rourke (Gastr Del Sol), Archer Prewitt, Chad Taylor and Josh Abrams on his first solo release. Avoiding the electronic textures of the Sea and Cake’s last record by instead featuring a laid-back approach that straddles ambient and art-pop, with healthy doses of Brazilian pop, bossa nova vibes and a jazz sensibility, Prekop’s music is airy and spare, with nary a note wasted on the entire effort. The songwriting is all about atmospheric dynamics, as opposed to lyric edge. For the most part, Prekop’s whispered vocals render the lyrics beside the point, acting as an improvisational instrument that is integral to the fine ensemble playing.

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Sarah Zupko founded PopMatters, one of the largest independent cultural criticism magazines on the web, back in the Internet's early days of 1999. Zupko is a former Executive Producer for Tribune Media Services, the media syndication arm of the Tribune Company, and a 10-year veteran of Tribune. Her other pursuits involve writing historical fiction and research in the fields of Slavic and German history, as well as general European cultural and intellectual history. Zupko studied musicology, film, and drama at the University of Chicago and media theory at the University of Texas, where she received her M.A.


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