The Sea and Cake is pleased to release the video for “On and On” by the Japanese artist Naomi Nagata. She creates stop-frame animations by drawing and photographing patterns in the surface of sand on a light table. The band gave Naomi complete artistic freedom on the project, the end-product is succinct but idealistic, a fresh complement to the airy but substantial melody within “On and On.”
In Naomi’s own words:
“As soon as I turn on the lights, the silhouette of the sand shows up. This dramatic change surprises me every time. When I want to move the silhouette, I use brushes, my fingers, and feather brooms. You move the object, shoot it, and then move it again and shoot…one by one, and when you connect the several hundreds and thousands of still images, ta-dah! It’s like magic.” Currently the video is only available here. You can watch their other latest video for “Harps” here. Director Jay Buim depicts the gloriously simple adventures of a pair of friends in the retro new video.
The Sea and Cake is currently supporting the new album Runner with a North American tour alongside Matthew Friedberger (of The Fiery Furnaces); see all dates below. Runner is available on special green-vinyl LP, and as part of the label’s 20th Anniversary, Thrill Jockey has re-issued a slew of The Sea and Cake’s early albums on vinyl. And we are giving away a pair of tickets for the last night of the tour in Dallas!
“Over the years, the Sea and Cake’s consistency and prolific pace led many to take it for granted, but while the band’s subtle adventurousness may be a known quantity, one shouldn’t underestimate its ability to surprise.” – Timeout Chicago
“A quartet of preternatural cool and confidence” – Independent Weekly
“On and On’s economic songwriting recalls the current wave of lo-fi, 60s-inspired guitar pop, but unlike those fresh-faced bands, The Sea and Cake approach this pop-inspired song with a level of textural and compositional experience that makes the song both familiar and fresh to longtime fans of the band.” – KEXP
11/05 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
11/06 – Arcata, CA @ Jambalaya
11/07 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theatre
11/08 – San Francisco, CA @ Slims
11/09 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
11/11 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
11/12 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
11/13 – Marfa, TX @ Padre’s
11/14 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
11/15 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
You say free?
Yeah we did! Thanks to We Are Solid Gold for this opportunity.
How To Win
You have until 3 pm Central Wednesday, November 14th to enter. Simply visit our Facebook page and look for The Sea and Cake contest entry. Then make sure that you like our profile page, then also like and share the post of the contest. We will pick a winner who will each receive a pair of tickets free. Good luck everyone!
Update: Congrats to our winner Erika Purdy (@fireflieslove)!