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From the release of their 2011 self-titled debut, Quilt became more than kids just out of college. They became a bona fide hard-touring band, with stories to share from the road and experiences to distill into the narrative of new music. Though they continued to write and arrange tunes together, always an essential part of Quilt’s creative process, they brought songs to one another, too, making and modifying demo tapes for the first time. No longer “rookies,” Quilt began to approach their music like a lifeline. Coming to New York, then, just as the magnolia trees bloomed and the season of new life began to blossom, Quilt got to work. Their first album was made mostly for free and by friends over the course of a year of starts and stops, in sessions that captured the early and elemental and exciting efforts of a band finding its footing. Quilt entered the proper in-house studio located beneath the Mexican Summer offices in Brooklyn for this one. Their new album, Held in Splendor, is an audacious pop-rock record with cascading harmonies and billowing textures, punchy rhythms and snarled guitars, wonderful depth and resplendent peaks.

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Video 4/8/2015: Quilt

The Boston-based, psychedelic indie-rock band’s music beams with unapologetic energy and wonder, turning simple songs into absolute anthems. Their latest album Held in Splendor is a collection of poetry, public questions, confessions, and aspirations.