Photo Credit: Chris Weiss

Photo Credit: Chris Weiss

Cuddle Magic is an avant-pop band located between Brooklyn and Philadelphia. The band’s latest LP, Ashes/Axis (out now on Northern Spy), sees Cuddle Magic “dive into the pop side of chamber pop with more fluency and confidence than they’ve ever shown in the past” (Pitchfork). It is warm and precise, raw yet sophisticated–a set of infectious pop songs from either an alternate reality or a paradoxically familiar near-future.

Comprised of Benjamin Lazar Davis, Christopher McDonald, Dave Flaherty, Alec Spiegelman, Kristin Slipp and Cole Kamen-Green–all six musicians are in-demand collaborators in New York’s musical community and work with a wide array of artists, from pop superstars like Beyoncé to critically lauded independent musicians like Will Sheff (Okkervil River) and David Longstreth (Dirty Projectors), as well as with respected figures of the avant-garde like Fred Frith and Ran Blake. 

This December, before a two week run of shows from Philly to DC to Brooklyn, Cuddle Magic will head back into the studio to record their 5th full length album--and this time their studio is a bathroom in Long Island. The as-yet-untitled forthcoming new album will be entirely acoustic, and will be released in 2019 on Northern Spy. 


12/2 — Greenfield Center, NY • The Studio // [INFO]
12/7 — Washington, D.C. • Girard Manor // [INFO]
12/19 — Brooklyn, NY • C'mon Everybody [INFO]


Caitlin Pasko at Drunken Piano


A band made me feel like I had never, ever heard music before [...] Cuddle Magic leapt out in technicolor for me.
— Talia Schlanger, World Cafe
[“Slow Rider”] expands on the dense polyrhythms of traditional Ghanian music while remaining plugged into the sounds of bright, cooing, clattering pop.
— Stephen Thompson, NPR Music (Austin 100)
A favorite new album of mine by a band that has the most adorable name.
— Bob Boilen, NPR Music
On their fourth album proper, Cuddle Magic dive into the pop side of chamber pop with more fluency and confidence than they’ve ever shown in the past.
— Pitchfork
Cerebral pop vibes... and dream-like vocals.
— John Vettese, WXPN's The Key
Cuddle Magic might deal in subtleties, but they hit hard with every move. [Trojan Horse] is a dazzling insight into what makes the band so magic.
— DIY Magazine
Channeling the full band arrangements of Sufjan Stevens with plenty of eccentricities lumped in.
— Time Out NY
They love possibility in the popular song and are willing to go where new approaches are to be found…
— Rick Moody for The Rumpus
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Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez