Cuddle Magic is six multi-instrumentalist singers and songwriters who like to play quietly and close together, which is why they’re called Cuddle Magic. The band formed in Boston when pianist Christopher McDonald and bassist and guitarist Ben Davis set out to perform some of their songs, especially some new songs written by Davis and his older brother, Tim, who had been collaborating since early childhood. Their first, self-titled album, recorded in a practice room and an art gallery in just a handful of days, also featured clarinetist Alec Spiegelman’s plaintive love songs and a dream-like ballad by singer Kristin Slipp. The band now plays songs by all four composers. Cole Kamen-Green and Dave Flaherty, who play trumpet-percussion and drum-vibes, respectively, have helped to define the band’s “quiet storm” sound over their three albums. They tour frequently and record incessantly, playing dance listening music that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal woodwinds, dense wordplay, and overlapping rhythmic cycles.