The Sea and Cake formed in the early 1990s following Sam Prekop and Eric Claridge split from Shrimp Boat. These two joined forces with Archer Prewitt, whose earlier group The Coctails was splitting at the same time. Rounding out this quartet is John McIntire, who is also a founding member of the Chicago post-rock group Tortoise. “Parasol” comes off The Sea and Cake’s sophomore release, Nassau, which came out in 1995. They would go onto release four more albums after Nassau before going on hiatus in 2004. The group reformed in 2007 and has released four more, also on Thrill Jockey. Both Prekop and Prewitt have released solo records on Thrill Jockey, which Prewitt focusing on more traditional songwriting and Prekop venturing into more electronics-based ambient and experimental works. Prekop’s most recent solo release was The Republic, which came out earlier in 2015.