Quilt craft a careful, sensitive set of tracks here on Plaza, working in the mould of luscious, string-section-augmented, folk-pop-rock. It sounds like the output of some relaxed 1970’s Californians, in the best way possible. The band’s third album, Plaza is released by Mexican Summer, with an indie-store-exclusive option of clear vinyl.
7/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 February 2016
Quilt have released three records in my lifetime and it appears that I've reviewed them all without really noticing who they are. Bits and pieces of this album have been floating into my ears for the last few weeks yet every time I play it I kinda don't recognise it. Maybe this sums up my relationship with Quilt - I like it when it's playing but they don't do enough to draw me back.
They play a kind of Vivian Girls influenced (initially) pop that they ladle with psych influences such as flutes on opener 'Passersby'. Theirs is a tight and taut kraut influenced pop but it takes until track four 'O'Connors Barn' where I feel confident enough to have something to say about it. Kind of in the mid point between Suzanne Vega, Warpaint and Luscious Jackson it's a nicely constructed pop song that loosens them up sufficiently to deliver the more memorable songs that come later in the album such as the 60's Love-ish psych of 'Eliot St' and the dangerously laid back Woods folk pop of the sun dappled 'Something There'.
It's a strange mix - the opening half of the record is a little uptight but when they decide half way through that actually, yes, they are '60s flower children at heart the whole thing shifts up a gear culminating the magnificent closing 'Own Ways'. A song that owes something to David Crosby, a little to Stephen Stills and a smidge to Graham Nash. Quilt should be confident at being out of fashion - they are rather good at it.
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