Quasi Field Studies on 2LP + Download
Quasi consists of Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss, both of whom possess impressive indie rock credentials. Sam has recorded and/or toured with Heatmiser, Elliott Smith, Built to Spill and more. He also performs solo under the Blues Goblins moniker. Janet has played with The Go Betweens, Junior High, and Elliott Smith, as well as pounded the skins with Sleater-Kinney.
Quasi formed in Portland, Oregon in 1993 and released their first recording, a self-titled cassette, that same year. 1995 saw the release of compilation Early Recordings, and two years later they joined the roster of Up Records. Up released their next three albums: R&B Transmogrification (1997), Featuring Birds (1998), and Field Studies (1999).
Quasi creates an incredibly large sound within the limitations of a two person band. Much of their signature style was originally derived from the use of a Roxichord (a unique hybrid keyboard) and Sam's acidic lyrics coupled with Janet's deft drumming and honeyed backing vocals. The duo fleshed out each album with a number of different instruments at their disposal.
The third official studio effort from Janet and Sam sees them kicking back and relaxing into longer song structures based around their signature distorto-organ and pounding drum riffs. Field Studies is a stampede of highly charged songs and lilting parables. An immediate pop classic.