“Every song is woven gorgeously together out of so many distinct sounds (all actual instruments played by actual human beings, if you’re into that kind of thing) that the color palette, rather than being limited by the aversion to electrics and electronics, actually sounds significantly more varied and expansive than anything I’ve heard in quite a while.”
- Ampteater Review
“[Cuddle Magic's] “Picture” could be 2010′s most fascinating pop album…I can see this band going very far with what they do, I am sure fans will be willing to join them for the the ride.” - This Is Book’s Music
“…beautiful as anything you decide you are going to treasure.” - Said the Grammaphone, Best Songs of 2009
Cuddle Magic is a band and songwriting collective from Brooklyn and Philadelphia that performs lush, playful songs with wide-ranging instrumentation including strings, percussion, vibraphone, trumpet, clarinet, keyboards, guitars, and many voices. Cuddle Magic balances folk timbres with surprising atonal harmonies, pop song-craft with Steve Reich-inspired rhythmic complexity, and direct emotional lyrics with dense wordplay.
Conservatory-trained, yet folk musicians by temperament, the members of Cuddle Magic have collaborated with a diverse range of artists, including Beyonce, the David Wax Museum, Larkin Grimm, Mike & Ruthy (formerly of the Mammals), new music toy-piano virtuoso Phyllis Chen, the progressive string band Joy Kills Sorrow, guitarist and composer Fred Frith, and legendary “third-stream” pianist Ran Blake. 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.