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Charting the Music: Quilt, 'Held in Splendor'

Charting the Music: Quilt, 'Held in Splendor'
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After constant tours and 60 hours a week in the studio, Quilt's brand of psychedelic pop has finally reached perfection, resulting in its newest release "Held in Splendor."

Quilt's ambitious sophomore effort "Held in Splendor" artfully revives '60s psychedelia and connects with audiences new and old.

88.1 KDHX chart position: #1 Adult Album Alternative and #1 CMJ Top 30 for the week of April 29, 2014.

Record label, release date and producer: Mexican Summer released "Held in Splendor" on January 28, 2014; it was produced by Jarvis Taveniere of the band Woods.

Can be heard on: "Wax Lyrical" with Caron, "The Space Parlour" with Nick Acquisto and "Trip Inside This House" with valis Hertel.

RIYL: Mazzy Star, Temples and Holy Wave.

Hometown: Boston.

Standout tracks: With minimal drumming and constant string plucking, "The Hollow" packs a powerful punch in just under two minutes. "Tired and Buttered" could easily be the soundtrack to your next spiritual journey. By channeling The Mamas and the Papas as well as the Byrds, "Secondary Swan" leaves some in nostalgia and others excited about the future.

The artist: While studying at Boston's School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler created Quilt with drummer Taylor McVay. In February 2011, McVay exited with John Andrews rightfully taking his place on the throne. Brooklyn's Mexican Summer signed the trio, releasing their debut in November 2011. With the addition of bassist Kevin Lareau, Quilt has reached quartet status.

This producer: Jarvis Taveniere occupied space in Brooklyn's indie quartet Meneguar before joining Jeremy Earl again in his then side project Woods. By housing together, the two were able keep the D.I.Y. ethic alive by practicing, recording and releasing all of their work via Earl's label, Woodsist Records. This multi-instrumentalist/producer is also responsible for engineering the Vivian Girls' third full-length "Share the Joy" as well as the Babies' self-titled debut and "Our House on the Hill."

Play it while: Basking in the sun on a paisley-printed blanket.

In St. Louis: Quilt will perform with Woods at Off Broadway on May 6, 2014.

What the critics say: "Boston's Quilt checked into a Brooklyn studio to combine hipster flavour with dreamy psychedelia, and have come up with a record that brings a crisp newness to arrangements straight out of 1967. So there's a lot of Love here -- and Zombies and Buffalo Springfield too -- but 'Held In Splendor' also joins Tame Impala's 'Lonerism' and even Connan Mockasin's 'Caramel' at a strange place where psych-rock sounds pioneering and fresh." Matthew Horton, NME.

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