Portland, Maine-based folk pop duo Builder of the House is back with their latest album, Ornaments. Comprised of Rob Cimitille and Elliot Heeschen and under sonaBLAST! Records, Builder of the House takes on a wide variety of folk styles and world music elements and blends them together into a warm, unique, indie sound.
Builder of the House was founded in 2011, when then-solo act Rob Cimitille moved to Portland with a Master’s in music composition, a baritone voice, and a Martin guitar. A year later, the debut EP I Am A Tidal Wave was released, and the solo act became a duo with the addition of Elliot Heeschen, who “began holding down the drums and triggering samples for Cimitile who started implementing vocal loops over his intricate acoustic riffs.” Some of their influences include Bright Eyes, Timber Timbre, Elliott Smith, Johnny Cash, Ennio Morricone, Kaki King, and Tom Waits, but there’s no doubt their style is their own. Their overall sound is incredibly natural, warm, lighthearted, and almost personal, if that makes sense. You feel like it’s drawing you in, in a way, like you want to get up and join, or definitely sway and bop along to the rhythms and melodies.
During the promotions and Northeast tour for their second EP Hourglass in 2015, the duo gained some well-deserved recognition on platforms such as Reverbnation, SoundCloud, and CD Baby’s DIY Musician blog. Their later music videos, which have become a staple of the BotH aesthetic, have been featured in Paste Magazine, Consequence of Sound, and We All Want Someone to Shout For, as well as on the international festival circuit with several nominations and 1st place honors for Best Music Video at MOVE Music Festival and Idyllwild International Festival of Cinema.
Ornaments is the duo’s first full-length album, worked on with engineer Todd Hutchisen at Acadia Recording Company. You can tell a lot of effort was put into the release, as it has a very tight-knit and wholesome sound. Complementing the album is another praise-worthy music video for “Look at the Man,” a track “which draws attention to gender identity issues while conjuring up the kindred vibes of Feist, Timber Timbre, Lumineers & Fleet Foxes.” Paste Magazine dubbed it “[a] somber, impassioned work of art that weighs heavily on ones own psyche after repeat viewing.”
You can check out all of Builder of the House’s music videos on their YouTube channel as well as news for their upcoming Northeast tour later next month on their website and other social media platforms. All of that good stuff is linked below!