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2000's Oui marked the triumphant return of The Sea and Cake after a three-year absence which saw the members of the band pursue a variety of interests; musical, professional and personal. The line up of the band remained Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, Eric Claridge and John McEntire. When things began to quiet down in late 1999, the four began setting aside the time to record what would become their finest record yet, Oui.
Recorded at the 24 track SOMA Studios, Oui is a leaner, more pared down recording than The Fawn (1997). The band recorded straight to tape using contemporary technology, such as pro tools, for editing rather than manipulation. After laying down the basic tracks, the vocals were done at Sam's house and then taken back into the studio, syncing them up on the two-inch machine. The band brought in Paul Mertens to work on the horn and string arrangements. The group, cautious of letting the songs become too orchestral, decided to blur the strings amongst certain synthesizer tones to come up with a hybrid sound.
The string synthesizer combination is best demonstrated on tracks such as "Seemingly" and "I Missed the Glance" whose subtle beauty gently washes over you. Oui is a pop album. From the opening measures of "Afternoon Speaker" to the serendipitous nature of "Everyday," Oui is a graceful recording of elegance, revealing its charms quietly and continually upon each listen. Oui is back on vinyl, pressed on colored LP for the first time and packaged in a high gloss jacket with a free download card.