QUILT performs the song "ELIOT ST." for BalconyTV.
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PRESENTED BY LEAH HOBBS
MICROPHONES BY RODE
Plaza is the third album by Quilt; a name implying a meeting place, a crossroads, a coming together. In the space of ten songs, Plaza clarifies Quilt’s musical stance of a congregation, mixing folk, pop-psych, and wanderlust into a common ground where each form takes on the characteristics of one another to create something wholly satisfying, styles and sentiments hand in hand, the purest and sharpest distillation of Quilt’s group aesthetic to date.
Plaza came together through the happy collisions of friends, family, and well-wishers, individuals who came to realize that home for one is escape for another.
The group constructed new songs and breathed life into older material, returning home with a fresh batch of demos that spanned the gamut of Quilt’s existence. Preparing these notions alongside the group was Plaza producer Jarvis Taveniere, who joined the band upstate to begin pre-production and solidify a group of songs before heading down to Brooklyn for recording.
On Plaza, Quilt has pivoted their sound on a new foothold. The guitars shimmer, squawk, warble, swell, and tense up. The organs and synths flow in the background as mood-enhancers. The drums dig in a little deeper. We hear flutes and harps, a string quartet, grand pianos and Casios, feedback and distorted violas. Among all these sounds the group’s shared and solo vocals showcase some of the strongest lyrics and hooks the band has made to date.
Where Quilt’s previous album Held in Splendor often concluded lyrical passages with thematically positive closure, Plaza sometimes allows the threadbare edges of sadness to linger, yet maintains a confidently buoyant spirit throughout, moving through the unsettled moments between the beginning and end of an otherwise perfect day; those encounters that keep you up at night in fits and spurts of restless sleep; an unknown face caught in a second of happenstance, and the song penned following the affair’s untimely end.
Plaza is a meeting place of possibility, a rest stop of American life and all that it encompasses, in which Quilt’s members found themselves countless times during their trips across the country. It is a drive to the oasis that's been wrung dry thousands of times, left raw and highly flammable, dedicated to those who have grown tired searching for what keeps them momentarily satisfied.
CREDITS / SPONSORS
Producer/Talent Booker: Cindi Avnet
Coordinating producer/Talent Booker: Leah Hobbs
Videographer: Johanna Rossler
Recorded/Mixed By: Jeff Bates
Photography: Johanna Rossler
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