More than a year ago, when Quilt released their impeccable “Cowboys in the Void/Penobska Oakwalk” single, many fans knew it wouldn’t be long before national audiences would start paying notice to our city’s favorite psychedelic folk trio. And sure enough, Quilt were soon plucked from our own smoky Allston basements and Jamaica Plain fringe art spaces by the always exceptional Mexican Summer label, who released the band’s debut homonymous LP in November. Recorded by Jesse Gallagher at his studio just above the Lily Pad in Inman Square, its hazy harmonies, twangy banjo, and dreamy organs easily made it the best local record of the past 12 months. Now on the brink of their first national tour, co-headlining with Brooklyn avant pop trio Young Magic, it’s clear that the record has brought Quilt to a national consciousness as well. We’re proud as hell.
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