The Sea and Cake – “Harps”

By Mike Cauvel

The Sea and Cake - RunnerWhen most people think of summer songs, they jump to the anthems, full of yearning and adventure, or the catchy sing alongs that beg for an open window to drift out of.

Summer 2012 has provided bounties of both of these. If you’re looking for a song to echo your summer hunger and make you feel invincible, Japandroids, Tropical Punk, and the Gaslight Anthem have released albums full of them. If you’re in the mood for sing alongs, there’s Icona Pop’s “I Love It” along with new albums by Passion Pit and Best Coast.

But there’s also a third, often overlooked, genre of summer songs: the ones that match the carefree contentment of the lazy hours that (let’s face it) are more commonplace than the adventures.

Summer is winding down, but The Sea and Cake have finally provided the soundtrack for your summer reveries, the perfect song to listen to while taking a morning walk or sitting on your porch as the night sets in.

“Harps” begins with a minute of lightly dancing electronic instrumentation that would feel at home in the canon of the Postal Service before shifting into a light pop song reminiscent of the last album by recent tourmates Broken Social Scene.

Singer Sam Prekop nearly whispers the reflective lyrics as the music breezes by. Before you know it the song, much like summer itself, is over before you’re ready for it to end.

“Harps” is featured on The Sea and Cake’s tenth studio album, Runner, which is scheduled for a September 18 release on Thrill Jockey.


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