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The Sea and Cake Fly By The Moonlight Butterfly On Ninth Album

By Jon Graef in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 8, 2011 3:30PM

Photo via Sea and Cake website

Chicago post-rock kings The Sea and Cake are a prolific bunch, having recorded and released nine albums over 17 years.

And yet, some of those releases come in fits in starts: 2008's late-career peak Car Alarm followed the previous year's Everybody--which at the time was the band's first album since 2003's One Bedroom.

But with the announcement of The Moonlight Butterfly, the band's first full-length in three years and ninth overall for Thrill Jockey, the longstanding quartet will once again head into the indie-rock spotlight. Butterfly will float like...well, itself, into record stores on May 10th.

To celebrate the announcement of Butterfly, first single "Up on the North Shore," was released.

"North Shore" is the kind of carefully crafted, yet carefree in mood, jazz-pop song that's the group's specialty. The song lacks the insouciant spark that made Car Alarm such an unexpected treat--frankly, "North Shore" doesn't distinguish itself at all. That said, the Sea and Cake have yet to make a truly lackluster album, so we're still curious as to how "North Shore" fits into the overall 6-song picture.

Keep your ears perked for Butterfly, and download "Up on the North Shore" below. Just stop yourself before you don Trevian-wear and adopt an obnoxious sense of undeserved entitlement.

MP3: The Sea and Cake "Up on the North Shore"