About

Utilizing various strains of folk music Builder of the House welcome their listeners in from the cold digital world to enjoy a warm potpourri of all-embracing indie pop.

In 2011 Rob Cimitile moved to Portland, reignited a relationship with his Martin guitar and began experimenting with his baritone voice which he left dormant for over three years, dismissing it when it failed to complement the grunge music he loved as a teen. But now, after soaking in some serious life experience and obtaining a Master’s degree in music composition, its warm tone felt just right when applied to a more diverse musical palate.

A year later Cimitile was releasing Builder of the House’s debut EP I Am a Tidal Wave and pushing forward as a solo act until a chance meeting with Elliot Heeschen. They had both joined a Zimbabwean marimba band and seemed to trust each other’s sensibilities implicitly from the get go. Heeschen began holding down the drums and triggering samples for Cimitile who started implementing vocal loops over his intricate acoustic riffs. 

Now functioning as a full-fledged collaboration, the band’s live act began to pick up steam with opening slots for Pearl and the Beard & Dylan Leblanc as they toured the Northeast while buzz from their second EP, 2015’s Hourglass (sonaBLAST! Records), resulted in features on Consequence of Sound and We All Want Someone to Shout For. Around this time Cimitile discovered a passion for adding visuals to the music of Builder of the House, something that has become a trademark of their evolving aesthetic. Their music videos have gone on to be written about by Paste Magazine and have been venerated 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.

The band recently headed to Acadia Recording Company to work with engineer Todd Hutchisen on their first full length album, Ornaments. The detailed arrangements and production nuances were overseen by Cimitile who is prone to sweat the details in every aspect of the group's music. Ornaments already has a stellar music video to complement its release in “Look at the Man” which draws attention to gender identity issues while conjuring up the kindred vibes of Feist, Timber Timbre, Lumineers & Fleet Foxes