AOTY 2019
The Sea and Cake - Any Day
Critic Score
Based on 12 reviews
2018 Ratings: #510 / 736
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2018 Ratings: #598
May 11, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Thrill Jockey / Label
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The Line of Best Fit

Not one red speck of rust blemishes the contours of Any Day, its continuity with the band’s extended second half run from Everybody to Runner so natural that it is almost surprising to see that this most recent break between studio albums has been their longest.

Northern Transmissions
For The Sea And Cake, capturing a wispy and often seaside sound has made them a wondrous and particular band that you can really identify at any moment. While this makes their latest album feel most fresh in their subversions of this sound, they often keep their sound too inoffensive to really feel constantly engaging.

There’s a new urgency to their 11th full-length, Any Day, which comes after a six-year absence.


It’s a weird thing to say but the Sea and Cake’s consistency may be their undoing ... They do a lot with their limited palette of colors, but it seems a tad stubborn.

Under The Radar

To complement lyrics that go for the melancholic jugular, the trio of Sam Prekop, Archer Prewitt, and John McEntire stuff the record with pulsing drums, a tasteful mixture of synths and organs and subdued, yet still chugging guitars.


Any Day is a very singular world, and one at odds with the age of streaming and its algorithm-generated, trend-chasing playlists; it requires the listener to relinquish time and place, to make room and peace enough to enjoy their gently wrought virtuosity.

Tiny Mix Tapes
The Sea and Cake continue to be champions for the weary and resolute alike, being both the soothing reassurance of beauty and the wistful resolve that the most dogged absolute is the very impermanence of everything. It’s a deceptively tricky feat and one that they continue to thrive on.
The Skinny

Eschewing electronic production flourishes in favour of some analogue authenticity, Any Day eventually settles into its groove. The melodies are intricate and layered, but the impressive musicality is outweighed by a lack of urgency.

The Guardian
The electronics of their earlier work are pared back, leaving their comfort zone reupholstered with goose down. But it’s no great shakes, because the Sea and Cake are one of those bands who essentially put out the same album over and over again, which doesn’t matter all that much – no one else sounds remotely like them.
This doesn't change the game by any means, but this is a very solid record. It's lighthearted and fun, and definitely doesn't take itself too seriously. Lead single 'Any Day' is one of the catchiest of the year.

I prefer this record for early mornings, rainy days, or background music. The songs can start to run together, especially in the second half of the record, but it rarely strays towards monotonous.

This will remain in my rotation for quite some time.
Worth a listen
These gentlemen can't make a bad record.
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Track List

  1. Cover the Mountain
  2. I Should Care
  3. Any Day
  4. Occurs
  5. Starling
  6. Paper Window
  7. Day Moon
  8. Into Rain
  9. Circle
  10. These Falling Arms
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Added on: January 18, 2018