Since their debut in 2011, Boston four-piece Quilt have been crafting an interesting, multi-layered psych-pop sound, intense and ethereal at the same time. That’s now reaching its best shape in this third record Plaza, an album written on the road in 2014 and whose verses were inspired by Raymond Carver and – quelle surprise – the grind of touring.
Anna Fox Rochinski and Shane Butler’s alternating voices give life to a delicate yet impressive embroidery over the patchwork of the record’s 10 tracks, sewn together by new member Keven Lareau’s powerful and prominent bassline. Weaving British Invasion-era vibes, lo-fi guitars, vintage strings, and Lennon-esque singing, the Bostonians create a kaleidoscopic tapestry where Kurt Vile and The Beatles can play along side by side, with harps and filtered voices.
This way, smooth ballads like Passers By and Eliot St., with its mellow strings and laid-back atmosphere, can be followed by funk-ish mid-tempos like Roller or Hissing My Plea without losing a single bit of the ‘cosmic peace and love’ mood. It is all so comfortingly dreamy and psychedelic under Quilt’s blanket that even a place like Padova, a small town in north-eastern Italy giving name and inspiration to one of tracks, turns into an idyllic place to meet – when, trust us, it’s not even remotely such. Now that’s quite an achievement.