It’s a comforting thing to be a Sea and Cake fan. You instantly know what you are in for. It’s never going to get too experimental. The vocals are almost at a whisper, but the jams are poppy and a lot of fun. The Sea and Cake are like your favourite blanket. Runner starts off with the super catchy track “On and On.” The opening riff rips you right into the whole damn album, and you can just coast the rest of the way.
Electronic sounds are peppered throughout, including the synth-fuelled “The Invitations.” This is where the usual comfort zone of the band kind of trails off. The track is minimal, and includes a field recording of children playing. It isn’t until the halfway point that a beat starts building over the synth line, and we get a smooth groove over where the synth was. It’s an excellent, simple build-up that could go on forever.
“Skyscraper” sounds like lo-fi lite, with slightly muffled vocals. It’s what I would describe as the Sea and Cake punk song, only because Sam Prekop’s vocals get a bit more aggressive than usual. The band hasn’t changed too much, but these veteran musicians are just now perfecting their craft.