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Quilt @ The Independent 

Wednesday, Mar 16 2016

For its third album, folk-pop band Quilt decided to try something new. Usually, the quartet concocts the bulk of their songs through improvisation and jam sessions at the studio. But for Plaza, the band not only decided to bring fully-formed songs into the studio, but the folk influences were dropped as well. "I personally haven't been in the mood to play folk music lately," says vocalist, guitarist, and organist Anna Rochinski. "You can kind of get in a cycle and I've been trying to do other things besides folk-type music." Instead, the new album features of a slew of instruments, like flutes, harps, grand pianos, and Casios, sounds that ground it in decidedly unfolk-like territory. In a bizarre turn-of-events, the album's demos were recorded in a historic building in Atlanta owned by a father-son team who work in the world of quilts. The band met the quilt experts, who put on a traveling art exhibition of ancestral Alabama-made quilts called the "Quilts of Gee's Bend," at Pickathon in Oregon. And it just so happened the band used images of Gee's Bend quilts for the cover of their 2011 self-titled debut album. "It kind of blew my mind," guitarist and vocalist Shane Butler says. "I never expected to meet this person."


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