Cuddle Magic announce new album recorded entirely in a bathroom
Cuddle Magic—the New York/Philadelphia-based chamber-pop sextet—today announced their upcoming full-length Bath is releasing on Northern Spy Records. The album's lead single 'What If I' is out now and, like the full album of single takes, was recorded entirely in a bathroom nestled amid 23 microphones and the natural reverb of the space.
Speaking about the new single Cuddle Magic guitarist/vocalist Benjamin Lazar Davis says, "What if I is the first and only song in 15 years of being a band that every member of Cuddle Magic wrote a song together," he also mentions, "The track started when Cole Kamen-Green brought in this amazing seed that was a little loop he found in a Johann Sebastian Bach chorale. Then Christopher McDonald joined us to work on another section that would later become the bridge. Much later, Kristin Slipp and I took out the old seed and soon had the chorus melody, & it was that night that Alec Spiegelman and David Flaherty showed up and together we would complete the lyrics to the song and put the finishing touches on the melody and form."
Bath is an example of Cuddle Magic playing a lot like they did when they started performing as a band together. They re-invent 21st-century pop tropes with the most subtle of acoustic sounds. Bath is the distillation of 15 years of mutual experience and experimentation. It's six talented musicians (all individually prolific as solo artists, producers, and in-demand collaborators) casually in agreement about a shared unique musical language, and so many particular aesthetic judgements. It's music that is relaxed, free, and unconcerned.
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