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First catching my ear with their Warpaint/Vivian Girls style debut, Quilt have certainly soaked up some West Coast psychedelic influences in the meantime. This is a varied album which veers all over the place showcasing a band obviously in love with music from the 1960’s hey day and determined to infiltrate it into their own work.
Opener ‘Arctic Shark’ is drop dead superb, filtering the late 60’s weird rock of the likes of Love and The Byrds into a lovely lilting piece complete with de rigeur sitar-like guitar solo. ‘Saturday Bride’ has the stacked harmonies and eastern influences of Crosby, Stills and Nash but the band sound best when they crank up the jangles and psych-pop moves such on ‘Mary Mountain’ which sounds like The Breeders performing some long lost Monkees outtake.
Its mostly female-sung, but on occasions a man takes over and is no less effective, ‘The Hollow’ is a beautiful piece with Love-like plucked acoustic guitars and comes across as a jauntier Fleet Foxes. The album is full of such moments, veering around the outskirts of the great garage rock produced then (and now) in the sunshine states of the West Coast of America.
A nice smorgasboard of psych-pop sounds which will appeal to fans of the Paisley Underground bands, Fresh and Onlys, Mama’s and Papa’s, Warpaint.
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