The Special Pillow

At the Earth's Core

by The Special Pillow

Released 2016
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Released 2016
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Sweet subterranean sounds: The Special Pillow are at their most melodic and most chaotic in this fifth fabulous foray into string-driven, psych-flavored pop.
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For the past two decades, the Special Pillow have stealthily operated beneath the underground of their Hoboken hometown, mining a unique vein of string-driven, psych-flavored pop. In 2015, Yo La Tengo shone a light on the Pillow’s shadowy demimonde with their cover of the band’s “Automatic Doom.” Now, the Special Pillow have surfaced again, bringing At the Earth’s Core, their fifth fabulous album, into the light of day.

Since the dissolution of indie …
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Infinite Regression

by The Special Pillow

Released 2014
Released 2014
The fourth album and utmost utterance to date from the Hoboken-based indie-pop consortium, combining irresistible melodic miniatures with a soupçon of psychedelic sprawl.
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Praise for The Special Pillow

“A marvelous blend of ’60s psychedelia and ’90s space-rock textures . . . a fanciful, dreamy set of low-key, jangly/droney pop nuggets, with literate, impressionistic lyrics, highly recommended.”
—Amplifier

“The psych-minded quartet skillfully contrasts the jangly and dreamy with the bitter and hard-driving.”
—Time Out New York

“An extraordinary agglomeration.”
—Ptolemaic Terrascope

Sleeping Beauty

by The Special Pillow

Released 2007
Zofko
Released 2007
Zofko
Psychedelic pop encompassing winsome melodies, garage-rock crunch, snappy bubblegum hooks, orchestral flourishes, tripped-out ambience, and multipartite epics
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SLEEPING BEAUTY, the third album by The Special Pillow, finds the band streamlining its roster, sharpening its hooks, and expanding its musical palette. The pop songs are ridiculously catchy, the freaky parts are super-freaky, the heavy rock is extra heavy and rocky, and the quieter moments are ultra-pastoral.

PRAISE FOR THE SPECIAL PILLOW

A marvelous blend of ’60s psychedelia and ’90s space-rock textures . . . a fanciful, dreamy set of low-key, jangly/droney pop nuggets, with literate, …
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Inside the Special Pillow

by The Special Pillow

Released 2003
Zofko
Released 2003
Zofko
Psychedelic pop encompassing winsome melodies, garage-rock crunch, snappy bubblegum hooks, orchestral flourishes, tripped-out ambience, and multipartite epics
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INSIDE THE SPECIAL PILLOW is the long-awaited second album by the Special Pillow, a psych-pop magnum opus encompassing winsome melodies, garage-rock crunch, snappy bubblegum hooks, orchestral flourishes, tripped-out ambience, and multipartite epics.

The follow-up to 1997's critically acclaimed ANCIENT HISTORY, INSIDE THE SPECIAL PILLOW features tracks produced by Michael Deming (of Lilys, Pernice Brothers, and Beachwood Sparks fame), in addition to an array of masterful musical moments captured in rehearsal studios, living rooms, bedrooms, and …
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Ancient History

by The Special Pillow

Released 1997
Zofko
Released 1997
Zofko
Blissful and expansive, string-laden psychedelic pop songs.
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The Special Pillow is a lovely and talented psychedelic pop combo, performing the scintillating song stylings of Dan Cuddy, formerly of early-nineties rock sensation Hypnolovewheel. Their CD debut, ANCIENT HISTORY, features the talents of guitarist James Mc New (Yo La Tengo bassist and Dump soloist), violinist Katie Gentile (formerly of Matador art-rockers Run On), cellist Cindy Brolsma (ex-Splendora), and producer/percussionist Peter Walsh.

The Village Voice praised ANCIENT HISTORY "blissful and expansive and The Ptolemaic …
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