Quilt are the trio of Shane Butler, Anna Fox Rochinski, and John Andrews. The band formed and recorded their first self-titled record in 2011 whilst Butler and Fox Rochinski were both studying at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with drummer Andrews joining them later on. Quilt the record finds the young members of the band looking back to the past and exploring the sounds of psychedelic folk. There’s a warm dusty glow to the sound, almost like you have traveled back to the late 60s, as Butler and Fox Rochinski repeatedly chant and harmonize over the songs.
With Held In Splendor, Quilt‘s sophomore release, the organic rawness of the debut album have been traded for sound precision as Quilt traveled to New York City to record in a proper studio instead of the open air of the Boston school grounds. The songs in Held In Splendor feels tighter and more measured too as the band gets more comfortable with their abilities. And there’s a subtle shift into a more pleasing pop-rock sound as opposed to the brashness of the psychedelia. Gradual changes as the band grows up and learns about themselves.The distinctive harmonies of Butler and Fox Rochinski still remain though, distinctively Quilt.
Watch the video for first single Arctic Shark embedded below.
Quilt – Held In Splendor comes out 1/28 via Mexican Summer (order here)