Cuddle Magic was formed a decade ago in Boston by multi-instrumentalists Benjamin Lazar Davis and Christopher McDonald, who were shortly joined by Dave Flaherty, Alec Spiegelman, Kristin Slipp and Cole Kamen-Green. Throughout three full length albums, and especially in their live shows, the band showcases a uniquely focused and creative approach to pop orchestration. Cuddle Magic has been described as “dance-listening music” that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal brass and woodwinds, dense wordplay, and overlapping rhythmic cycles.
As in-demand participants in New York’s musical community, members of Cuddle Magic have collaborated with a wide range of artists ranging from pop superstars like Beyoncé to critically lauded independent musicians like Anais Mitchell and Amanda Palmer, as well as with respected figures of the avant-garde like Fred Frith and Ran Blake.
Cuddle Magic’s fifth full length album, ‘Ashes/Axis’, is due out early next year on Northern Spy. The album was recorded and mixed at Trout Recordings with Bryce Goggin (Antony and the Johnsons, Swans, Pavement) and assistant engineer Adam Sachs.
DIY Magazine is hosting the premiere of the first single, “Trojan Horse,” which the band says is inspired by the music and culture of northwest Ghana. It was written by Davis alongside Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive, and was originally recorded as a full band, utilizing vibraphone, live drums, percussion, bass clarinet, guitar, keyboards and samples before most of the elements were stripped away during mixing. DIY writes, “Cuddle Magic might deal in subtleties, but they hit hard with every move. [Trojan Horse] is a dazzling insight into what makes the band so magic.”
Jeff Beam is a multi-instrumentalist songwriter from Portland, Maine. He writes, performs, records, & releases melodic experimental pop music tinged with kaleidoscopic soundscapes, inspired by the likes of Olivia Tremor Control, Elliott Smith, Deerhunter, & Spoon. His recordings are a one-man odyssey; his live shows revolve around an energetic band of his good friends.
His lyrics contain observations on humanity, existence, perception, and the attempt to find inner peace amidst a tumultuous outer world. Musically, Beam seeks to fuse together unorthodox pop melody with psychedelic sound textures & colorful instrumentation. Later in 2015, he will release Is Believed To Have Been, the full-length studio album follow-up to 2012's Be Your Own Mirror.
Jeff Beam has opened for many national artists, including Deer Tick, Marco Benevento, Wintersleep, Jefferson Starship, and White Hinterland.
7pm doors | 8pm show | $12 adv. | $15 day of