Fresh Cake Ready For Summer

Band to release Comfort Eagle in July.

Quirky Sacramento alt-rockers Cake will release Comfort Eagle, their first album in more than two-and-a-half years, on July 24. The self-produced disc will be their fourth release, the first since leaving

Capricorn Records and signing to Columbia.

Like Cake's other albums, Comfort Eagle showcases frontman John McCrea's iconoclastic songwriting, blending blues, funk, pop, alternative, new wave and Latin music styles into a cohesive package.

The first single will be "Short Skirt/Long Jacket," a colorful track reminiscent of Talking Heads, but with a stealthy guitar line and mariachi horns. The sardonic lyrics, which describe McCrea's ideal no-nonsense girlfriend, are equally eccentric: "I want a girl with uninterrupted prosperity, who uses a machete to cut through red tape/ With fingernails that shine like justice and a voice that is dark like tinted glass."

Another song, "Commissioning a Symphony in C," amalgamates a driving rock rhythm, a cheesy Casio keyboard, jagged guitar lines and "ahh-ahh" background vocals. And the title track combines a twangy guitar, quavering Dr. Dre-style synth, a single-note keyboard line that sounds like a harpsichord and eerie horns that wouldn't be out of place on an Ennio Morricone Western soundtrack.

Tracklist for Comfort Eagle, according to the band's label:

  • "Opera Singer"

  • "Meanwhile, Rick James ..."

  • "Shadow Stabbing"

  • "Short Skirt/Long Jacket"

  • "Commissioning a Symphony in C"

  • "Arco Arena (instrumental)"

  • "Comfort Eagle"

  • "Long Line of Cars"

  • "Love You Madly"

  • "Pretty Pink Ribbon"

  • "World of Two"