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Quilt

Quilt

Daniel Dorsa

When: Wed., April 6, 8 p.m. 2016
Price: $12
Quilt are a compulsively referential band, but on a track like “Roller,” the chiming guitars, infectious bass line, and coy vocals of Anna Fox Rochinskialmost uncannily recall one group in particular: the Bangles. That might sound like a dis, since the Bangles are mostly seen as an 80s curiosity rather than a critical touchstone. But they happen to be one of my favorite bands, and Quilt’s third album, February’s Plaza (Mexican Summer), is a retro take on their sugary, hyperpolished 60s pop. “Searching For” includes Bangles-y harmonies between Shane Butler and Rochinski and a chiming, sitarlike guitar that echoes the Monkees-do-the-Beatles spirit. With its loping pace and guitars that imitate pedal steel, “Padova” sounds like the Byrds’ countrified version of the Brit invasion. The songs’ familiarity isn’t irritating or disappointing—just as with Susanna Hoffs and company, it’s the point. Quilts are beautiful because you take old bits and pieces and patch them together in a new familiar form. “My love, my friend, will I see you again?” Butler sings on “Own Ways,” a sepia-toned sentiment couched in the phrases of sepia-toned sentiments past. Like the Bangles, Quilt are great because they love the same music you love.
— Noah Berlatsky
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