Quilt "Quilt" (Mexican Summer, 2011)
I’ve gotten rather tired of asking myself why reviewers need to connect some artificial dots and timeline, suggesting that new psych bands are nothing more than indy infused versions of psychedelia that was heard years ago, when they could just as easily sit back and spend a splendid evening of hypnotic romance presented in a fresh and intoxicating manner that’s evolved, more accomplished, and so futuristic that it does sound retro.
Having said this, The Jefferson Airplane certainly embarked on a surrealistic adventure back in the mid 60’s, laying some quality groundwork that’s impossible to deny or push aside, leaving Quit to charter new territory by stitching together a sound that comes across as homemade, newly discovered, rich, filled with harmonies, a collective sensibility, and an intimacy that’s lacking in so much of today's music. No, this is not “White Rabbit” or “California Dreamin’” ... no, these songs are not meant as full volume counterculture anthems to shout down the establishment ... these songs are subversive, whispers filtering up through the floorboards to quietly remind you that your independence is still at risk, that the expansion of the consciousness is still a noble virtue, and that a delicate hand will certainly lead you home, with the understanding that all things are possible.
Quilt weave their songs with purpose, delighting in the fact that a track such as “Cowboys In The Void” will spin your head around, as if you’d just gotten an unexpected kiss in a manner that curled your toes. These are gifted songs, every bit as gifted and unexpected as The Grateful Dead’s “Box Of Rain,” and certainly worthy of long exhales spaced out in the ether.
Review made by Jenell Kesler/2014
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