Sam Prekop & John McEntire
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Sam Prekop & John McEntire

Sam Prekop (The Sea And Cake) and John McEntire (Tortoise, The Sea and Cake) take analog synths from early house to new horizons, in a double bill with So Sner a duo of Stefan Schneider (Mapstation, To Rococo Rot) and Susanna Gartmayer.

Sam Prekop & John McEntire

After working together for about three decades in the genre bending rock band The Sea and Cake, Sam Prekop and Tortoise drummer John McEntire finally joined forces as a duo in 2019. Incorporating electronic music into a new context was something they both have wanted to do for a long while. Their debut album ‘Sons Of’ was released by Thrill Jockey in 2022.

The elaborate array of synthesizer modules, samplers, trigger pads and effects which the duo implement all serve as potent tools in unearthing unique textures and untapped worlds of possibility. Prekop and McEntire apply their intrinsic understanding of pop architectures to create dynamic movements with ever-shifting tonalities and magnetic grooves that bring us from early house over Manuel Göttsching’s E2-E4 towards new sonic horizons

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So Sner

Stefan Schneider (electronics) and Susanna Gartmayer (bass clarinet) met each other in 2015 at the Approximation Festival in Düsseldorf, where the latter’s bass clarinet polyphonies so impressed Schneider that he quickly suggested a collaboration. That same year, they recorded the first part of their debut album ‘Reime’ (2022, TAL records) in Kraftwerk’s former Kling Klang studio. The second part was recorded in the summer of 2020 in Düsseldorf-Kaiserswerth at Stammhaus church, whose interior wood paneling facilitated organic acoustics.

So Sner’s sound is equally oriented towards experiment and tradition, resulting in a myriad of moods and textures, from playful melodic phrases and brooding grooves to pulsating industrial weirdness.

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