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The Sea and Cake make music for your moon lounge

Always spacey, often jazzy, The Sea and Cake has a new album for everybody, called “Everybody,” and is ready to talk about it.

The guys from Chicago-based music group The Sea and Cake are also visual artists, which might explain the expansive landscape that is almost tangible in their songs. The airy vocals of singer Sam Prekop mix with an easy-breezy waterfall of guitars to make the perfect chill-out music for a Jetsons-esque space lounge – the kind with futuristic, melon-shaped chairs and windows full of galaxies.

Their opening act, The Zincs, have a little more grit in their guitars and will be jamming their recent, hairstyle-dedicated album “Black Pompadour.”

Before making the venture to Minneapolis, Sam Prekop chatted with A&E about his interpretation of their latest album “Everybody,” and the inspiration that went into it.

How did you come up with the title for this album?

In the song “Lightning,” I sing “everybody” several times and it stood out. I like the word on a lot of levels. It looks good; I like the generosity of it. It reflects the music as well, as very open-ended, in a good way.

You’ve been likened to Bossa Nova, which is typically a very mellow type of music. Would you say that the mood reflects your personalities, or is it more an attempt to relax some anxieties?

The music reflects the kind of music that gets to me most, and that happens to be reflective, not overtly melancholy. I’ve always felt a kinship to Brazilian stuff. We tried to downplay that a little bit, but I guess it’s always going to be there.

The Sea and Cake

WHEN: Sept. 14
WHERE: Varsity Theater, 1308 Fourth St. S.E., Minneapolis
TICKETS: $13, 18-plus

Any Brazilian artists you like a lot?

Caetano Veloso is one of the great masters of pop music in general. He started post-Bossa Nova.

What do you remember your parents listening to when you were little?

I was lucky that my parents were really into music. My dad was into hi-fis. I was exposed to a whole lot of good stuff from all genres. Family favorites were probably Nina Simone, Curtis Mayfield and Bob Dylan.

Is there any music you were exposed to as a kid that completely confounded you?

My favorite stuff has always been mysterious to me as to how they could have ever come up with it. One example is King Sunny Ade. His music sounded unlike anything else I ever heard, and I feel like it sort of set me on the direction that I’ve always wanted to experience. I’ve always been into seemingly alien and bizarre-sounding stuff.

How do you feel about being labeled “indie?”

I don’t always equate it with a sound. The category is so broad that it’s almost impossible. That’s the tradition that we’ve come out of, doing it on a small label, without a lot of money.

Any bands you would recommend to our readers?

One of my favorite records lately is by Panda Bear. I also really like Beach House.

If you’ve ever heard these bands, you might speculate that there’s always something a little cosmic where The Sea and Cake are concerned.

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