Don’t you just love it when life’s bitter lemons squeeze themselves into a quenching glass of lemonade? And we have heard quite a bit about lemonade of late, but today we’re partaking from the rich, genre-blind sounds of Builder of the House. Remember that explosion of flavor you experience when you splash a chilly soft drink down your throat on a sizzling summer day? The Maine duo’s music evokes more or less the same sensation in your auditory system at the first listen. When first exposed to ‘Look at the Man’, I was pleasantly surprised at how folk music could be customized and made so inviting, so accessible. Even for an ear raised on R&B and hip hop. The joy was made complete when I sampled the entire Builder of the House debut album ‘Ornaments’.
Before I get caught up raving about the music, let me introduce the musicians. Rob Cimitile and Elliot Heeschen are the personalities behind that Bible-based moniker. Five years ago Rob moved to Portland, Maine seeking a fresh start after a nasty breakup. In this new environment he was able to dust off his Martin guitar and his baritone that had been dormant for three years. Armed with these assets and a Master’s degree in music composition, Rob embarked on the first ever Builder of the House project; an EP titled ‘I Am a Tidal Wave’. It was after releasing this six-song record at the beginning of 2012 that Rob happened to meet Elliot. Both were part of the same Zimbabwean marimba band and they resonated with each other musically from the get-go. Elliot took over percussions and drums in the new-look Builder of the House, playing in live shows and helping craft the second Builder of the House EP, ‘Hourglass’.
The band’s luscious blend of folk and indie pop earned them featured spots on Soundcloud and Reverbnation while their imaginative visuals won them Best Music Video at the MOVE Music Festival. Earlier this year Rob and Elliot set up camp at the Acacia Recording Company to begin work on Ornaments. The result was 10 meticulously composed gems that revealed a knack for stretching their creative boundaries. They also used the project to showcase the one or two things they picked up from their time in the Zimbabwean band. There is no release date as yet for the album but you can keep abreast with any news via the Builder of the House website. You can also listen to Look at the Man below and then download it.
Miami Based, Internationally Known