It’s not uncommon to form a band while in college, and that is exactly what Quilt did. Its primary members, Shane Butler and Anna Fox Rochinski (as well as Taylor Mcvay – who plays on much of the record, but has since left the band amicably) were all visual art students at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but bonded over their mutual love of weird, experimental jams and classic pop harmonies. John Andrews joined the band as drummer after opening for every Quilt show on tour in 2009. Butler grew up in a “spiritual community with a lot of musical chanting” and Rochinski was “doing classical singing in choirs that had a lot of crazy harmonies. There’s a lot of repetitive, almost mantra stuff in our songs,” she adds. Quilt is a band with strong roots that formed at the apex of the point in your life when you’re thinking about your own art and what it all means. Then you grow up. You get married, you get a real job, life gets in the way of your art. But the support structure of the band is strong, and they powered through.
Plaza is the third album by Quilt; a name implying a meeting place, a crossroads, a coming together. Written in Atlanta, upstate New York, and on the road in between, Plaza was realized by the band with producer Jarvis Taveniere, who helped Quilt showcase a tighter, more concise version of their music. In the space of ten songs, Plaza clarifies Quilt’s musical stance of a congregation, mixing folk, pop, and psychedelia into a common ground where each form takes on the characteristics of one another to create something wholly satisfying, styles and sentiments hand in hand, the purest distillation of Quilt’s group aesthetic to date.