Whereas the Chicago quartet -- Prekop, part-time cartoonist Archer Prewitt, bassist Eric Claridge and Chicago wunderkind John McEntire -- came perilously close to being this generation's Steely Dan on Oui, now they've picked up the pace. The musicians let in gentle feedback and fuzz and more glitchy electronic goodness than ever before. (Kalem Krackpot Theory number 691: Thanks to the influence of Black Dice, noise may replace whalesong as the hot new ambient effect.) The title track has a solid bossa nova base, and there's a positively disco vibe to this record that, coupled with Prekop's bedroom voice, handily wins back the band's title of late-night-makeout-soundtrack kings. (One interview with Prekop had him in denial of the fact that folks would get it on to the Sea and Cake's music. Maybe he knows that he's singing about politics, but no one else seems to.) One worry, though: The album's closing track, a New Wave-over of Bowie's "Sound and Vision," is slated to be One Bedroom's first single, complete with animated video. Come on, guys -- do you really need everybody to like you?
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