On Quilt’s sophomore release, Held In Splendor, band members Shane Butler, Anna Fox Rochinski, and John Andrews grow more expansive in their instrumentation, blowing out their simple psych-folk ditties into strings-laden multi-part suites that build toward thrilling, guitar-heavy climaxes. It’s a clear progression that nevertheless manages to keep Quilt tucked firmly in the milieu of paisley-colored retro pop-rock.
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Held in Splendor is the second studio album by American psychedelic indie rock band Quilt on January 28, 2014 on Mexican Summer. By the start of 2013, the band had developed plans to begin recording a follow-up. Anna Fox Rochinski explained that while there was a strong collaborative aspect to their music for this album they brought in 'finished' songs as well
Quilt - 'Held In Splendor'. Boston's Quilt checked into a Brooklyn studio to combine hipster flavour with dreamy psychedelia, and have come up with a record that brings a crisp newnes. Quilt – ‘Held In Splendor’. Quilt - 'Held In Splendor'. So there’s a lot of Love here – and Zombies and Buffalo Springfield too – but ‘Held In Splendor’ also joins Tame Impala’s ‘Lonerism’ and even Connan Mockasin’s ‘Caramel’ at a strange place where psych-rock sounds pioneering and fresh. This is all helped by the virtuosity of tracks like ‘Mary Mountain’, where surf guitar meets motorik trance, and ‘A Mirror’, with its thrash-along fuzziness. Yet Quilt really shine when Anna Fox Rochinski, Shane Butler and John Andrews harmonise impeccably over the spooky melodies of ‘Saturday Bride’ and ‘Secondary Swan’.
Genre: Psychedelic Rock. Their tracks are good, but they stay in the same place for the entirety of the song. Had they gotten out of their comfort zone just a little bit, Held In Splendor could have been one of the best psychedelic albums of the year.
The second album by Quilt, Held in Splendor, is all of these things and a whole lot of other strange juxtapositions. Compared to Iggy Azalea on the radio, this feels like the sorbet that pop music truly needs now: a cleansing of the pallet that feels fresh and ready for the next course. The tracks, 13 in 44 minutes, flow into one another, and titles alone magnificent: "Arctic Shark", "Eye of the Pearl", "Secondary Swan", etc. If the album is dying as an art form, then this may very well be its last glorious gasp, because taken as a whole, it is magnificent
The Boston psych-folk trio's music is redolent of those things – this is an album that defies you to believe it was made in a Brooklyn studio.
Release date: 17 February 2014. It turns out spending 60 hours in a basement recording your second LP can be a pretty good use of one’s time. Held In Splendor’s strength comes from the addition of some new instruments (with the help from some friends), which imbue tracks with a soft warmth and glow, and otherwise uplift the 60/70s psych genre they inhabit. Piano, violins and cellos appear on I Sleep in Nature and Mary Mountain which blow out any simple attitudes held against the psych-rock genre out of the water. The 13 tracks on Held in Splendor are stitched together seamlessly, despite their patchwork like qualities.