chamber-pop collective preps new album for March release.
By Blurt Staff
Hard to say which we like better – the album title or the
song title, which from Cuddle Magic would be, respectively, Info Nympho and “Moby Dickless.” The former, engineered
and mixed by Bryce Goggins, is due March 6 on the FYO label, but we’ve got the
latter right here for your listening edification. We trust you will determine
there is no Led Zeppelin connection….
05 Moby Dickless by Howlin’ Wuelf Media
Some details about the band and the
“On Info Nympho, Cuddle Magic balances folk
timbres with surprising harmonies, pop song-craft with Steve Reich-inspired
rhythmic complexity, and direct emotional lyrics with dense wordplay. These are
lush, playful songs with wide-ranging instrumentation, including strings,
percussion, vibraphone, trumpet, clarinet, keyboards, guitars, and many voices.
Cuddle Magic first formed at New England Conservatory in Boston, the band’s goal was to perform and
record music quietly and without amplification. This required the musicians to
perform in close proximity to each other and to the audience, which led to the
band’s name. Their eponymous debut arrived in 2007, followed by their second
album, Picture, in 2009. Info Nympho is their third longplayer.
their group endeavors the members of Cuddle Magic have engaged in
collaborations with a diverse range of artists, including Beyonce, guitarist
and composer Fred Frith, legendary “third-stream” pianist Ran Blake, the David
Wax Museum, Larkin Grimm, Mike & Ruthy (formerly of the Mammals), new music
toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen, and progressive string band Joy Kills Sorrow. Members
of Cuddle Magic can also be seen performing with Railbird, Sister Sparrow and
the Dirty Birds, Baby States, Ronald Reagan, Bird Fly Yellow, Margaret Glaspy,
The People’s Champs, Girls Guns and Glory, Lake Street Dive, Petal Shield,
Split Red, Yapp!, The Superpowers Horns, and many, many others. The group tours
the East Coast regularly and extensively.”