Plaza

Gorgeous video for “Paidova” by Quilt

Just last week I reviewed the latest record from Quilt, PlazaNestled in the record is the stand alone track, and my favorite on the album, “Padova.” Earlier this week, Quilt released a stunning video for “Padova” directed by Christopher Good and shed light on the meaning behind the track, which you cannot gain by simply listening. The song was written not long after songwriter, Shane Butler’s, mother passed away. It would not be just to try to describe the beauty, sadness and creation of “Padova” in my own words, so here is what Shane had to say:

“This song was written shortly after my mother passed away. It was written in Padova, Italy on a night where we were scheduled to perform there in the courtyard of a beautiful villa-like building on the outskirts of the city. There were old ceramic walls, chandeliers, Italian vines, and horses on the periphery of the property; it was idyllic to say the least. During this period of time, after my mother had passed, I would talk to her every day. Whether it was in imagination or in spirit doesn’t really matter; my experience was the same. That night in Padova my mother and I talkedfor a long time as I took a walk around the property. I then happened to come across an old busted up guitar in a giant wooden room with a chandelier in it, I tuned it to something that would work, and this song came out.
The experience of my mother’s death has not only been of grief, as our culture often solely represents death being. But, in my experience, death has taken on infinite voices. There are voices of beauty, melancholy, humor, rejuvenation, and freedom located in this experience. When talking with Christopher Good about making this video we talked about making a representation of this experience that involved some of these other aspects of death. Christopher has an incredible eye and mind to make abstract narratives, which is what we decided to go with for this video. This scene is only a detail on the vast canvas of representing life’s transition. As there is no finality to this experience, no static way to understand it, we chose to use abstraction, movement, color, and the elements to play with the ideas at hand.

Whether you believe in ‘soul’ business or not I’d like to leave with this quote of Kahlil Gibran’s that I read shortly after my mother passed. I think it is very beautiful and maybe provides a moment to reflect on another possible voice of death”:

 

Death is an ending to the son of
The earth, but to the soul it is
The start, the triumph of life.

 

Quilt is touring in Europe right now but will be back in the states shortly:
Fri. May 27- Hamburg, DE @ Aalhaus
Sat. May 28 – Brugge, BE @ Cactus
Sun. June 5 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam
Sat. June 18 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
Thu. June 23 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom w/ Widowspeak
Fri. June 24 – Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair w/ Widowspeak
Sat. June 25 – Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace w/ Widowspeak
Sun. June 26 – Portland, ME @ Blue
Fri. July 22 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
Sat. July 23 – Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop
Tue. July 26 – Akron, OH @ Musica
Wed. July 27 – Rochester, NY @ Lovin’ Cup
Thu. July 28 – Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Fri. July 29 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at the Fillmore
Sat. July 30 – York, PA @ Parliament Summer Arts Market
Thu. Sept. 8 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival

Album Review: “Plaza” by Quilt

Quilt has been creating deliciously psychedelic tracks rooted in folk rock for the past several years, over which they’ve released three full lengths. The band name was inspired by the idea of congregation, people, ideas, thoughts, beings coming together like the pieces of a quilt. An interesting recent coincidence lead the band to what became the creation of their third and most recent record, Plaza. In 2014, the band bumped into Matt Arnett who together with his father were responsible for the traveling exhibit of “Quilts of Gee’s Bend”, which was the original inspiration for Quilt’s debut in 2011. Arnett opened up his home to the band and it was here that the first bits of material for Plaza were born.

The concept for Plaza was to signify a “meeting place” and this record was absolutely a collaboration and “meeting place” between family, friends and others (including Arnett) whom the band interacted with during their time on the road. The record opens with “Passersby”, featuring main vocalist and one of the founding members, Anna Fox Rochinski. Her mesmerizing voice blends so flawlessly with the instrumentals, it is almost difficult to pull her voice from the flitting flutes and dizzying guitars.

The tempo picks up and vocalist changes during “Searching For”, a short and sweet more indie rock-oriented track. The sharing of vocals and alternating of main vocalist adds another layer of sonic diversity to Quilt, allowing the listener to get more out of the band.

Along with Plaza signifying a congregation of people and ideas, it also denotes a new sense of togetherness within the band. Given that this is the third record from Quilt, a true understanding of what their music is and what it can be has been reached and  together, the band showcases their higher sense of cohesiveness. On the record are Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler who are the roots of Quilt, John Andrews (drums) and the new bassist Keven Laraeu.

“Eliot St.” is one single released by Quilt in anticipation of the record, a true representation of the new sense of interconnection within the band and a display of what more Quilt has to offer. “Eliot St.” is surely a stand out track on the record. Whereas up to this point on the album, most of the songs are akin to the sounds we heard on Held in Splendor, “Eliot St.” is what we know and love about Quilt plus more. It is outfitted with sliding strings, woozy backup vocals and a fantastic bass-driven line that fortifies this new sound for Quilt. The following track “Hissing My Plea” is another prime example of a new era of sonic exploration for Quilt. On this track, they play with unique rhythms, add a hint of rock and there’s something disco-esque about the role the strings play.

Among my favorites on the record is “Padova.” To me, it shines on this album and it came to me as a surprise on the record. Even though this album is full of surprising new sounds for Quilt, “Padova” brings it to a new level. The gentle pitter patter percussion is what introduces you to the song and carries you through. This rhythm remains familiar and holds strong while the song blossoms and changes, a sense of hopeful yearning the underlying theme.

And true Quilt form, the record closes with “Own Ways”, a fantastic psychedelic wrap up of what Quilt is: an amalgamation of genres, styles, stories, interactions, instruments, humans and lives – much like that of a quilt.

Plaza is out now on Mexican Summer and can be purchased on iTunes and Mexican Summer.

The band will begin touring this June:

JUN 05, 2016 HUNTER, NY MOUNTAIN JAM

JUN 16 – 19, 2016 DOVER, DE FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUN 23, 2016 NEW YORK, NY BOWERY BALLROOM

JUN 24, 2016 BOSTON, MA THE SINCLAIR

JUN 25, 2016 PORTSMOUTH, NH 3S ARTSPACE

JUN 26, 2016 PORTLAND, ME BLUE

JUL 22, 2016 PITTSBURGH, PA CLUB CAFE

JULY 23-24 STERLING HEIGHTS, MI MO POP

JUL 26, 2016 AKRON, OH MUSICA

JUL 27, 2016 ROCHESTER, NY LOVIN’ CUP

AUG. 5-7 SAN FRANCISCO, CA OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL

A tease from Quilt: new single, “Roller”

Neo-psychedelic folk band, Quilt announced the release of their third full length, Plaza, back in November which is due out February 26th on Mexican Summer. Prior to release they’ve shared two singles, “Eliot St.” and now “Roller.” Whereas “Eliot St.” is more like most of Quilt’s music, “Roller” is no doubt, on the poppier and more upbeat side. In fact, “Roller” was one of the last track written for Plaza. According to the song’s vocalist, Anna Fox Rochinski, the song’s namesake, “roller”, describes:

“a sensation that lies somewhere between claiming strength for yourself but also hiding to protect yourself from the human bullsh*t of the world. Ultimately, it’s a rumination on seeking peace through isolation.”

 

Upon the release of the album, the group has an extensive spring tour planned.

 

Feb 26 – Boston, MA @ Museum of Fine Arts^
Mar 2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right^
Mar 4 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
Mar 5 – Washington, DC @ DC9
Mar 6 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
Mar 8 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Mar 12 – Marfa, TX @ Marfa Myths
Mar 19 – San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
Mar 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
Mar 23 – San Fransisco, CA @ The Independent
Mar 25 – Portland, OR @  Mississippi Studios
Mar 26 – Seattle, WA @ The Sunset
Mar 27 – Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Fest
Mar 29 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
Mar 31 – Omaha, NE @ Reverb
Apr 1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Apr 2 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency
Apr 5 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
Apr 6 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
Apr 7 – Lakewood, OH @  Mahall’s 20 Lanes
Apr 8 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
Apr 9 – Montreal, QC @ Divian Orange

^ Record release show

 

 

New album on the horizon from Quilt!

Subdued psychedelic rock group, Quilt, announced recently they will be releasing their third full length, Plaza, February 26th of 2016 via Mexican Summer.

The first single, “Eliot St.” is decorated with the cozy harmonies, muted vocals, and lovely guitar strummin’ that Quilt is so well known for.

Quilt just wrapped up their tour with Widowspeak but if you missed them, you can console yourself by pre-ordering Plaza here.