Cuddle Formation Forges Comfy ‘trails to the peaks of mtns’
Community is everything for Noah Klein. The multi-instrumentalist's work as Cuddle Formation is best described not as a solo project, but rather an only child raised by a loving father and a broad, diverse coalition of artists. The Mutual Benefit associate's last album, 603^, is a nod to the address of the Silent Barn, the beloved, Brooklyn-based communal arts space which doubled as his home for a time until it was engulfed by flames and floodwater in September 2015.
While Klein may not physically reside inside 603 Bushwick Avenue any more, his heart's a diehard tenant nonetheless — and the proof's in the music. Assembled over the past several years in various art spaces, apartments and recording studios (including the Silent Barn), the latest Cuddle Formation album, here i'll be forever, sees Klein collaborating with an extensive roster of peers, including Emily Reo (who also helped mix the record), Jordan Lee (Mutual Benefit), Jack Greenleaf (Sharpless) and harpist Ana Caravelle. Klein calls it "a 30-minute soliloquy on transformative justice, ecocide, intentional community, chosen family and doing it together."
Now that's a mission we can all get behind, especially in the wake of Ghost Ship. Klein plans to self-release here i'll be forever later this month; in the interim, he's shared a breezy, Microphones-esque cut by the name of "trails to the peaks of mtns." Stream it below.
Cuddle Formation's here i'll be forever arrives January 19 digitally and January 20 in physical formats. Pre-order it here.