Sunday 23 July 2017, 7.30pm
"I’ve seen too many bands who are content to rework hip reference points, but Still House Plants are genuinely alchemical, creating magic from unlikely elements." – The List
"The group’s consciously sparse use of their instruments within four simplistic repetitive songs is immensely satisfying, and the general tone is consistently soft and beautiful. To boot, it’s all somehow bathed in glorious light rather than Glaswegian damp and grey. Experimental songwriting is very rarely this successful or approachable, save perhaps the likes of Robert Wyatt’s ‘Sea Song’ or perhaps more pertinently, the Velvet Underground’s ‘Heroin'." – The Quietus
Combining visual strategies, free improvisation, UK garage and punk, Still House Plants build melodic hierarchies scaffolded around ambiguities and intimacy. Fresh from being selected for the OTO Projects UK Artists Residency, and following two sold out tapes on Glasgow label GLARC, the trio’s debut LP 'Long Play' collects the group's raw guitar-drum-vocal palette and stretches it to include violin, piano and intimate home recording. Ranging from seconds-long to seven:minute:somethings, the album coagulates to form a heady meld of rudimentary phrases, kinetic repetition and malleable samples. Experimental songwriting is rarely so forthcoming, emotive, or approachable.
The group have performed internationally, touring with Mette Rasmussen to perform at Ultra Eczema's 20th Anniversary, (Antwerp), Fasching Jazz Club, (Stockholm) with Rasmussen and Richard Dawson, as well as at KRAAK festival, (Brussels).
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.
Cucina Povera is a Fenno-karelian producer with feet firmly in Glasgow, mind aloft in the imaginary and heart ambling around Europe. Produced, curated, composed and performed as part of Luxos (optimo, huntleys and palmers), Between the Acts (subcity radio, GI, radiophrenia) and Gong bath (green door studios).
"I make songs about nourishment, precarity and serendipitous ephemera."