Free At Noon Flashback: Quilt creates a groovin’ dreamscape of sound

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Quilt | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com
Quilt | Photo by Sydney Schaefer for WXPN | sydneyschaeferphotos.com

After a dreamy psychedelic performance at Johnny Brenda’s in March and as one of the must hear new acts at Firefly Music Festival last month, we were more than excited to welcome back the New England indie rockers Quilt for a Free At Noon show before their headlining gig at The Foundry later this evening. Riding a wave opportunities following the February release of their third LP Plaza, the band is back and ready to inspire with a fresh batch of airy tracks that exude their mellow rock influences.

More than half of the band’s set was dedicated to the new material, including the Plaza standout “Roller” near the end of the set, where vocalist and guitarist Anna Fox Rochinski floats through this impossibly light song. Throughout the set, Rochiniski and vocalist and guitarist Shane Butler would swap vocal duties, even having drummer John Andrews join in on the fun for his own verses. But the band was its strongest when it came together for group vocals, a perfectly synced listening delight.

One listener brought in their two young children, and watching them bop right in front of the stage made the energy of the band’s rockin’ solos all the more upbeat and enjoyable. Set openers “Passerby” and “Hissing My Plea” flawlessly melted into one another, exemplifying Quilt’s grooving sensibility. The set wrapped with the song “Arctic Shark,” the first track off of 2014’s Held In Splendor.

For tickets and more information for Quilt’s performance tonight at The Foundry, check out the XPN Concert Calendar. The band will also be playing a free gig on Saturday afternoon in York, Pa. as part of the Summer Art Market presented by Central Pennsylvania’s Parliament Arts Organization in conjunction with York College. More info on that right here.

Setlist:

Passerby

Hissing My Plea

Mary Mountain

The World Is Flat

Eliot St.

Roller

Something There

Arctic Shark

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