Tuesday 26 February 2019, 7.30pm
"Glasgow's Premier Weirdo Tape Label" (Johann MacDougall Lamont) Greater Lanarkshire Auricular Research Council ventures south to Oto with four brilliant affiliated acts, plus records, tapes and in-between sounds.
Quinie, aka Josie Vallely, is based in Glasgow. She sings primarily in Scots, with a style inspired by the traditions of Scottish Traveller singers Lizzie Higgins (1929-1993) and her mother Jeannie Robertson (1908 –1975). Collaging together source material, Vallely amalgamates sean nos style melodies, children’s rhyme, story poems and snippets of more traditional tunes to create a bleak and extended blur of narratives routed in an imagined Scotland. She released her second album 'Buckie Prins' with GLARC at the end of 2018.
Horse Whisperer, otherwise known as Max Syed-Tollan, is a multi-disciplinary artist from the Scottish border region of Galloway. He released his debut album 'Fifth Season' on GLARC in 2016 and will follow that in 2019 with a new work called ‘Planctae’, a cycle of 11 short movements for woodwind ensemble. For this show Horse Whisperer will perform a series of improvisations responding to material from this forthcoming release.
Luki aka Lucy Duncan released her debut album 'Wisps' on GLARC in 2018.
Recorded at Glasgow’s infamous Green Door Studios, it saw Luki exploring the far reaches of her voice, piano and narrative lyricism across eight songs, garnering comparisons to the pre-maximalist arrangements of Julia Holter, the expansive storytelling of Joanna Newsom and the vocal breadth of Minnie Ripperton.
Orxid is, Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach (Still House Plants), is triumphant when barking, flirting with misdirection, with weak knees, malfunctioning. All brushed up on when just-heard through bedroom doors.
In H-K's longstanding project Still House Plants (alongside David Walker Kennedy and Finlay Clark), ambiguous vocal intimacies* guide minimal song structures, and build upon melodic hierarchies of guitars, pianos, drums, and falling bodies. Still House Plants released their album 'Long Play' in 2018 on Bison Records, and are currently working towards their February residency at Cafe Oto.