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Single premiere of Look at the Man by Mike Ragogna
Consequence of SoundBuilder of the House shares new single "There Is No Hourglass, Only Sand" via lyric video

Pat Levy - Apr 2015

Nearly 600 still images were used in all, and when played back at 3.17 frames per second, they create an undeniably charming and laudably complicated clip.
We All Want Someone to Shout For

Premiere: Builder of the House  – "A Plot in Falmouth" Video
Will Oliver - May 2015

It’s a smokey and mysterious track and its video features an all too perfect short film, that gets tied into footage of the band playing along. 

SoundCloud chose us as the Soundclouder of the Day on March 22, 2012! Thank you Soundcloud!
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Sam Pfeifle - The Portland Phoenix - May 30, 2012

....the six-song EP is a fairly restrained affair, full of breathy vocals and acoustic guitar and hummed backing vocals. There's very little bravado here at all, actually, and Rob Cimitile, the principal songwriter who started out as something of a one-man band before adding Elliot Heeschen (percussion) and Peter Himmer (bass, keys, etc.) for live performances, comes off as a modern-day bard more than anything else.

He's got this smirk in his voice, a subtle and knowing wink, that makes all of his playful and upbeat songs at least one level more interesting.

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Joe Wawrzyniak - Jersey Beat - Oct 2012

This Portland, Maine trio delicately blend elements of folk, bluegrass, and Americana into a pleasingly fragile, jaunty, and harmonic whole, with the snappy tempos and jubilant beats creating a happy vibe that’s rousing and endearing in equal measure....there’s a sweet and upbeat quality to this music that’s impossible to either dislike or resist.

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Don W. Seven - Baby Sue - June 1, 2012

Builder Of The House is the one man band created by Rob Cimitile along with a few friends offering support. I Am A Tidal Wave differs from the average twenty-first century solo project in that Rob's tunes are threaded with elements normally associated with folk and bluegrass. But the six songs on this EP are mainly pop songs...yet they have different intoxicating flavors. To our ears, these tracks sound something like a cross between Elliott Smith and Ray Davies (more the former than the latter). Rob writes great memorable tunes with super smart lyrics...and he has a nifty voice that is instantly warm and appealing. We particularly love the band name and web site. This guy's going to develop a sizable following fast...

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Emily Burnham - Bangor Daily News - Apr 2015

Intelligent, well-played, often irresistibly catchy indie folk, concealing a philosophical and spiritual moodiness and a certain dark narrative, like Jack Johnson and Sufjan Stevens were shut in a room together and told to write a song.

Heeschen's elegant percussion work is perfectly complimentary to Cimitile's playing; you can tell the two musicians have spent a lot of time working out a careful dynamic, each one holding back when the other moves ahead, building a uniquely eloquent sound and story.

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By Wil Whalen of DangerWilRobinson - August 16, 2012
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By Aimsel Ponti of the Portland Press Herald - February 23, 2012
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Nicholas Schroeder - The Portland Phoenix - February 1, 2012

Local folk composer Rob Cimitile releases a six-song EP this week through his BUILDER OF THE HOUSE moniker. On I Am a Tidal Wave, Cimitile employs a host of local musicians, and impressively navigates many avenues in the folk neighborhood, from upbeat bluegrass to Jack Johnson-y melodrama, though at his most compelling, his songs fall adhere to patient, plaintive, wistful arrangements which recall the finer moments of Nick Drake, only less dead.

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Kristin DiCara-McClellan - The Portland Press Herald - April 12, 2012

"With some musical comparisons to Jack Johnson and Elliott Smith, Cimitile has that whispery-thin, "maybe I care, maybe I don't" style of singing that has become really popular in recent years. The difference here is that Cimitile's lyrics are so meaningful and deep that the contradiction of a carefree spirit within the music composition makes for an interesting ride."

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Derrick Rosignol - The Maine Campus - January 30, 2012

"The soft, instantly-palatable folk instrumentation is perfectly accompanied by Cimitile’s warm, whispery voice." "The first track, “Niktricity,” has nearly the same vibe as Norwegian singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche’s score of the 2007 film “Dan In Real Life.” The movie chronicles a family vacation at a cabin surrounded by woodsy views and loved ones, so that comparison is desirable." "The title track sounds like the type of music Jack Johnson would have made had he been from the South instead of constantly trying to catch the next big wave in Hawaii. The jaunty tune shares much of the whimsy prevalent in Johnson’s material, but the “lalala” chorus adds a slight sense of melancholy before picking the happy right back up. The contrast adds a nice dynamic, giving the song more dimensions and thus making it more enduring."

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Kyle Gervais - Dispatch Magazine - January 23, 2012

"“Fire Dawn Breaking” is probably my favorite due to how far out Cimitile lets himself go. With guitar, bass, electronic bells and multiple tracks of affected vocals, the tune builds a dense atmosphere to get lost in. “Schizophilia” closes things out on a much lighter note, filled to the brim with harmonies and held down by finger snaps and ukulele."

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