A couple of weekends back we sent two of our new Portland-based team to Pickathon festival in Happy Valley. Although I wasn't there myself, the photos of the weekend made me want to pretend I was, so on top of making a playlist intended for the blog and listening to it over and over myself, I also went on a little sidetrack to get to know the bands that played this beautifully curated and put together festival.
One of these bands was Quilt. Upon first sight, with a name like Quilt and the general calm-looking demeanour of the band, with the adorably petite Anna Fox Rochinski up front, I was expecting some lo-fi, folk-rock with sweet, floaty female vocals. In fact, what these high-school friends create together is much more substantial.
Their layered guitars all ripple together like a band who's jammed together for years, because they have. Their psychedelic rock manages to be nostalgic without sounding like it's ripping off every 60s era-band. They have perfected the balance of jangly guitars, assertive drum beats and two or three part harmonies in to their own version of the retro, paisley sound.
These Boston-based psych-folk rockers have been tirelessly touring their new album Held In Splendour across the US this summer, with a string of Europe dates ahead of them.