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Quentin Stoltzfus’s New Band, Light Heat, Plays Mercury Lounge

June 26th, 2013

We haven’t heard much from Philadelphia musician Quentin Stoltzfus since his psych-pop project Mazarin released We’re Already Here in 2005, prompting Pitchfork to rave: “For real, it’s hard to find a track on this record that isn’t at once impressive in its craft and deeply lovable on a sensual level; you don’t even need to skip around to sing its virtues, you can just go down the track list in order.” Fortunately, in the eight years since, Stoltzfus found time amidst building studios and producing albums to write and record (and even record again) a batch of new material alongside friends like Matt Barrick, Peter Bauer, Paul Maroon, Walter Martin—better known as four-fifths of the Walkmen. (“It’s great to have good friends who are incredibly competent and who support and understand your ideas,” says Stoltzfus.) The end result is a band called Light Heat (above, their video for “And the Birds…”), and their debut self-titled album (stream it below) just came out on Tuesday. Interview calls it “a profound work that radiates a hip pop classicism, as much Dylan as it is Velvet Underground.” So don’t miss them tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.