Cuddle Magic is a band from Brooklyn, NY. Bassist and guitarist Ben Davis and Christopher McDonald, who plays Rhodes piano and synthesizers, set out to perform some songs of theirs that included lyrics written by Ben’s older brother, Tim Davis, with whom 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 play baroque dance listening music that unfolds in waves of vocal harmony, contrapuntal brass and woodwinds, and dense wordplay.

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