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  • Vinyl (17 Feb. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mexican Summer
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Following thier 2011 self-titled debut on Mexican Summer, Quilt return with their sophomore album ''Held in Splendor''. ''Held in Splendor'' is is an audacious pop-rock record with cascading harmonies and billowing textures, punchy rhythms and snarled guitars, wonderful depth and resplendent peaks. Mary Mountain takes hazy Summer of Love memories on a mid-summer road trip in a gleaming muscle car. Tired & Buttered invites Booker T over for an energy-addled jam in the garage. The Hollow twinkles like Fleetwood Mac and Galaxie 500, with sweet singing backed by the lap steel sighs of young acoustic guitar star and longtime Quilt pal Daniel Bachman. Held in Splendor is an album of personal poetry and public questions, confessions and aspirations"really, these 13 tracks are their own playground, brimming with the sort of unapologetic energy and wonder that turns simple songs into absolute anthems.

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Quilt mix 1960's pysch pop with a 21st century harder edge here and the result is a for the most part a good set of songs. It works better with a sparser production as Anna Roschink's vocals are allowed to take over on the trip-hoppy Tie Up The Tides and the almost folky Artic Shark. The 1960's influences shine through most brightly on Eye Of The Pearl and Mary Mountain, whilst the band get an extra half point for the lyric "Im sitting here soaking in Day-Glo" on the driving Tired and Buttered. A good summer album.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dreamy Psych Pop 31 Jan. 2014
By J. Hubner - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As soon as Quilt's new long player Held In Splendor begins playing you get the feeling you've been transported to 1968. The room is a little wobbly, the air is thick, and the beanbag you're sitting in is strangely comfortable. A goofy grin forms across your face and opening track "Arctic Shark" has done its job. It's gotten you giggly without a single puff. Quilt are all about the contact high. "Saturday Bride" sounds like a low key Besnard Lakes. A Besnard Lakes sitting in a cabin in the woods reclaiming their inner nature child. There's a jauntiness to the track that is completely infectious. It reminds me of a time when Gomez used to win Mercury Prizes and get themselves arrested. "Eye of the Pearl" has these beautiful harmonies that float above simple instrumentation that needs to be nothing more than simple. The vocals are reminiscent of Jim Noir in this song, and that's kind of a cool thing. Speaking of vocals John Andrews, Anna Rochinski, and Shane Butler all contribute which makes for some pretty amazing moments on Held In Splendor. Something like The Black Angels without the death cult vibe. City kids playing peace and love chants under the influence of realism.

So many bands that are retro-centric can do the vintage dance just fine, but once they step out of the Way-back machine they seem to be lost. With being able to fit into your parent's(or grandparent's)bell bottom jeans you've gotta know how to navigate in the modern world as well, kids. Quilt can do both rather well. They hit all the right cornerstones of 60s and 70s aesthetic, but then they can jump into a tune like "Tie Up The Tides" and bring us back into the 21st century without confusing our brittle psyche. Rochinski with her Eleanor Friedburger-like vocal delivery makes for a nice change up from the psych pop goodness. Fear not, the short-but-sweet "The Hollow" takes us quickly back into space-y, kaleidoscope of color territory. "A Mirror" at times sounds like early Red Kross-meets-Strawberry Alarm Clock. "Tired and Buttered" is a downright scorcher with a great acoustic breakdown halfway through. "Secondary Swan" is dreamy and floats away with you for just under five minutes. There's great care put into the music here, but especially the drums and bass are prominent and rich here. So many psych bands tend to sound very thin and treble-y, but Quilt have this amazing thick sound which adds a real heft to their songs. "I Sleep In Nature" closes the album on a waltz and curtsy. Beautifully orchestrated vocal harmonies, strings swaying, before leading into a 4/4 stomp that brings to mind some classic Olivia Tremor Control.

Bands can get lost in their own trip and never find their way back to the light. Quilt aren't those bands. In the tradition of Olivia Tremor Control, Neutral Milk Hotel, and many of the other classic Elephant Six Collective Quilt know exactly what they're doing. They seem to have a clear vision regarding their songs and their aesthetic. Held In Splendor is something of a psych pop masterpiece. Listen and get lost in their world.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything falls into place, like MAGIC..... 8 Feb. 2014
By Mel Zaloudek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Caught their headline set at the Empty Bottle (killer venue) last night (5 below zero!) in Chicago, and HOLY MOLY am i glad i made the effort.....what effort, you ask?......well, QUILT was the seventh band i went to go see yesterday around this boozy old town, after Sleeper Agent, Magic Man, New Politics, Outer Minds, Radar Eyes AND People's Temple, and every single band, by the way, hit a damn home run!.....but i still realllllly wanted to go and hear Quilt bust out their latest album, and i got there just as they took the stage around midnight.....FAN FREAKIN TASTIC new material, a huge move artistically for them....at their prior Chicago appearance back in 2012 i loved their ballad rock psychedelic "Steeleye Span" sound, but noticed some tentativeness in the delivery.....Not any more!!......the new songs are oh so magnificently spun, with Anna and Shane simply light years beyond where i'd heard them the last time, when they were already impressive......each tune has its way of grabbing you from an unexpected direction, with mindful lyrics that can totally stand on their own....."Tie Up The Tides" played live is just a mind-bending experience, even after my mind was already bent from five hours of shows beforehand!....You'll be very surprised and very happy you discovered this Boston band.....i sure as hell am!......

~~ musicological sidebar: remember Ultra Vivid Scene and one of the greatest unacknowledged albums of all time, "JOY 1967 - 1990"?.....Kurt Ralske went on to become a professor of media arts and...you guessed it...members of Quilt have studied with him.....Six degrees of?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars psychedelic pop/folk indie with a 60s influence and gorgeous vocal harmonies 27 Feb. 2014
By Charlie Quaker - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
2nd album from Boston band who play psychedelic pop/folk indie with a 60s influence and
gorgeous vocal harmonies. Guitars, both acoustic & electric, ring out with a kaleidoscopic,
crystalline clarity. The songs, except for the excellent production, feel like they’ve been
transported through time straight from the hippy acid-folk era. Recalls a number of great bands:
Fleet Foxes, the Byrds, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Temples, Fairport Convention, Tranquility,
Three O’Clock, Hidden Masters, Elf Power, Asteroid No. 4, Sky Picnic. Beautifully authentic and
dreamy-potent rustic retro-rock with a bell-bottomed flair of subtle brilliance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars INTO THE SPACE BEYOND THE ECHOES! 24 Oct. 2014
By Smrz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Quilt is a Boston based group that consists of Anna Fox, Shane Butler, and John Andrews. Held In Splendor is their 2nd release and consists of 13 tracks with a duration of 43 minutes. Upon the initial notes of the album, one immediately can tell that we are being sent on a trip in the Way-Back Machine into the 60's that blissfully continues through the entire release. Immediate comparisons to past groups consist of The Incredible String Band, Steeleye Span, Fairport Convention, and even The Byrds. The sound beckons to kaleidoscope harmonies, shimmering loops, acoustic, rustic Acid-Folk. All 3 members have strong voices but Anna's voice tends to make one close their eyes and dream away to a more pleasant, past time. All 13 tracks are at least good with some real gems scattered throughout the release. My favorite tracks are "Saturday Bride", "Eye Of The Pearl", which features some nice phasing into the mix, "Mary Martin", which declares, "I can't leave this fever dream", and opens with a nice Rickenbacker-sounding guitar, "Tie Up The Tides", "Just Dust", "Secondary Swan", and "I Sleep In Nature", which closes out the release declaring, "As we find ourselves in time, we dream inside a dream". Quilt has appeared across the United States playing various festivals over the past year and have gotten stronger as musicians. Their mellow, dream-like harmonies and tight playing are the perfect type of music to play at the end of a hard day of work, or to help one relax and wash away the hectic pace of today's world. The trio certainly wear their influences on their sleeves as evidenced by the booklet, which declares "Thank You" to such things as "The White Mountains of New Hampshire, the New England peace pagoda, and the universe in its whole". I would strongly recommend this release to anybody who enjoys such bands as Fleet Foxes, as well as the previously mentioned Fairport Convention, Steeleye Span, as well as to anybody who enjoys harmonies that beckon those of The Byrds, as well as Crosby, Stills, Nash, & Young. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! SMRZ!
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quilt ... Splendor 22 Feb. 2014
By R. Kesler - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Quilt channels many historic psychedelic folk ghosts with their well written jangly harmony rich and fluid buttery soft melodies. It would certainly be easy to consider Quilt to be just another in a long line of paisley coloured retro pop, where it not for their well constructed, textured, and lightly handled densely layered guitar driven melodic songs, songs filled with rich emotional vocals and instrumentation that could superbly liquify with anything that ever flowed over the late night airwaves during the mid 60’s.

Yes ... Quilt can stand toe to toe with the likes of The Allah Las, where it’s easy to get lost as their songs build and ebb slowly forward, so effortlessly that you hardly realize you’re in the middle of a thrilling sonically guitar driven vortex of colour and vibration that cascades and tumbles like half forgotten hazy memories riding on breezes that dance with delicate candle flames.

This is the kind of music you want to push up against another person with, feel their breath, share a kaleidoscope of visionary wonders ... earnestly questioning whether you laughed out loud as your fingers trace trails across the liquid galaxy that’s shimmering just out of reach.

Review by Jenell Kesler
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