New Music Of The Day: Quilt – ‘Roller’

When people talk about “Beatlesque” bands, they tend to make the mistake of confusing pastiche for genuine inspiration. ‘Beatlebum’, for example, was a mesmerising moment that gave a glimpse about what The Fabs might actually have sounded like if they were just starting out in the 90s. Cast, by comparison, were just lumpen and shit for the most part.

On ‘Roller’, Boston psych kids Quilt bring Macca’s mid-60s vision of The Beatles being perpetrators of ‘plastic soul’ – a white, uppity London version of the visionary power than ran through everything Motown touched at that point and distilled it in a mop-topped bottle marked “mass consumption” – and edge it forcefully into 2015. Just check the bassline – busy as hell, dubby as hell – and the way singer Anna Fox Rochinski oozes her way into the chorus, all dreamy passion and brash, bright guitars clanging steadily in the background.


Quilt release their third album Plaza via Mexican Summer on February 26. The tracklisting is:

1. Passersby
2. Roller
3. Searching For
4. O’Connor’s Barn
5. Eliot St.
6. Hissing My Plea
7. Something There
8. Padova
9. Your Island
10. Own Ways


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