"Arctic Shark" b/w "As We Follow"October 8, 2013 Mexican Summer
Boston trio Quilt are back with Arctic Shark, the first single from their sophomore LP Held In Splendor out January 28. Anna Fox Rochinski takes the vocal reigns on this gentle, down-home album opener, spinning surrealist lyrical vignettes about heavy dreams and pepper trees over top of softly cooed harmonies. Eastern and psychedelic traditions also bleed into the proceedings, with a shimmering sitar solo punctuating each verse, and in the outro which fades mirage-like into a swirl of piano keys and soft drones.
It’s not uncommon to form a band while in college, and that is exactly what Quilt did. Its primary members, Shane Butler and Anna Fox Rochinski (as well as Taylor Mcvay—who plays on much of the record, but has since left the band amicably) were all visual art students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but bonded over their mutual love of weird, experimental jams and classic pop harmonies. John Andrews joined the band as drummer after opening for every Quilt show on tour in 2009. Butler grew up in a “spiritual community with a lot of musical chanting” and Rochinski was “doing classical singing in choirs that had a lot of crazy harmonies. There’s a lot of repetitive, almost mantra stuff in our songs,” she adds. Quilt is a band with strong roots that formed at the apex of the point in your life when you’re thinking about your own art and what it all means. Then you grow up. You get married, you get a real job, life gets in the way of your art. But the support structure of the band is strong, and they powered through. These tracks off Held In Splendor are the result.