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"The best thing about Philly is its proximity to New York" says Quentin Stoltzfus - the craftsman behind Philadelphia's bittersweet musical collective, Mazarin. "Recently there's been a slew of articles about how it's considered the sixth borough." And gushing cultural endorsements aren't limited to Quentin's neighbourhood either. Mazarin's third record We're Already There has been eagerly received by the press on both sides of the Atlantic and after nearly three years of preparation Stoltzfus is overjoyed with the result. "I'm always thinking of the record in terms of itself as an entity, not necessarily thinking of it song by song… it's always geared towards making an album that you can sit down and listen to and enjoy all the way through… more like a mix-tape than anything else…" "This is the first record that I made where every single song that ended up on the record came out in exactly the way I wanted to," he enthuses, "I don't feel like I could improve any of these songs… and that's kind of a rare feeling - on any of my previous records I always hear things and think 'I could have done this… I could have done that' but with this record I'm just really pleased with everything."
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