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Old Punch Card

Prekop Sam

Old Punch Card

Label: Thrill Jockey

Genre: Electronica / Ambient / Experimental


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· Thrill Jockey are pleased to announce ‘Old Punch Card’, the new instrumental, electronic album by Sam Prekop, who is known to most as the singer and songwriter of The Sea and Cake.

· He is a painter of some renown, a photographer and in addition he hasm released two solo albums of pop songs infused with his own blend of African and Brazilian guitar rhythms. ‘Old Punch Card’, his first solo effort since 2005, takes a dramatically unexpected turn away from either of these paths.

· Taking inspiration from early music concrete and electronic music, the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Nuno Canavarro, Raymond Scott, David Behrman, and free improvisation, ‘Old Punch Card’ is a beautifully noisy, jagged yet stately album of synthesizer music.

· The ideas and implementation of ‘Old Punch Card’ (the album title alluding to the electronic, faintly mechanic origins of the music) were the result of an entirely new challenge: to do something completely different from anything else he’s ever created.

· To facilitate this end, Prekop implemented a series of strict guidelines for the recording of the album. No vocals, no guitar (though he slipped in this regard on one track), and no beats.

· Most of the sound material is generated by a modular synthesizer. By its very nature, it excels at some things and not at others. It’s very difficult conventional chord, while on the other hand, it excels at creating completely unanticipated sounds and is rather effective when it comes to “chance” composing strategies.

· The album was recorded entirely in Prekop’s home studio and monitored on headphones, allowing him to focus on the texture and dynamic of the music.
Every nuance was hyper exposed and therefore had to be considered. All of the pieces were recorded between February 2009 and March 2010 but the bulk of the material was recorded in the last three winter months.

· The end result is a record of strangely serene beauty, leading the listener down a myriad of otherworldly paths, all the while serving as a unique path for the musician himself.