I had a feeling I'd like Quilt even before I played the first single off the trio's new album, Held in Splendor, a follow-up to their 2011 self-titled debut. Who doesn't like a quilt? Only a fool, that's who! Or someone who likes to shiver in the dark, which is more or less the same thing (on the contrary, I have two quilts, but I wouldn't mind a few more).
In any case, the paisley-printed "Arctic Shark," which Anna Fox Rochinski, Shane Butler, and John Andrews recorded with Woods' Jarvis Taveniere in Brooklyn, sounds nothing like its title, which evokes cold and danger. Instead, it's warm and comforting (much like Woods at their rustic best). Rochinski has a lovely, windswept voice, not unlike Vashti Bunyan or Cate Le Bon*. It's the auditory equivalent of an especially beautiful version of their namesake.
* I wrote that before noticing that they played a gig with her. From their Facebook page, I also learned that the Boston band likes the Beatles, Robbie Basho, Meredith Monk, and seahorses.
"Arctic Shark" is out now. Mexican Summer releases Held in Splendor in Jan.