Still House Plants – Fast Edit

"Fast Edit is the second LP by Still House Plants, the Glasgow and South London-based three-piece collective made up of Finlay Clark, David Kennedy, and Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach.

Written aided by mobile phones, dictaphones, laptop recordings of rehearsals, conversations and live shows, Fast Edit is a collage of different fidelities and headspaces, most tenderly exhibited on album centrepiece “Shy Song”. Overlays of past and current sit things on top of each other, fall over one another, get stuck, predicate. Fitting now, but reflective of a period doing shows in South America.

The sentiment of the record is probably best described in part of an intervention written for what would have been the 2020 edition of Glasgow's Counterflows Festival by Frances Morgan:

"Getting used to the idea of never getting anywhere except for between these three notes, these two words, getting tired, getting beyond it, getting locked in. Trying to get it down, trying to get it written. Like the song that didn’t get anywhere: it still moves, it doesn’t move.

It is getting to you that this is heaviest verb to get across. Loaded and overloaded. Getting as in becoming, as in acquiring, as in catching, as in having, as in receiving, as in changing, as in arriving, as in moving through and over, it’s the same.

...How do you think we should do this. The song does something different now, puts the other foot forward. How do you know when it’s done. End on a verb and it becomes a command: run! Towards the next thing. Do – towards the next thing to be done.

What have you been doing today, a day with nothing doing: watching a nesting falcon on a webcam, what’s it going to do. Googling the appropriate prayer, what does it say you should do. Bouncing the sticks off the snare, what does the sound do. How are we all doing. Doing, never done. Listening, never done."

www.counterflows.com/intervention-one/  
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Recorded & mixed by Shaun Crook and Darren Clark at Lockdown Studios, London.

Mastered and cut by Helmut Erler at Dubplates and Mastering.

Typeface by Still House Plants, layout by Maja Larrson

Produced in partnership with Blank Forms, New York

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Still House Plants

STILL HOUSE PLANTS ARE A UK GROUP MADE UP OF JESSICA HICKIE-KALLENBACH, FINLAY CLARK, AND DAVID KENNEDY. 

FROM A BARE BONES SET UP OF GUITAR, DRUMS AND VOCALS THEY CREATE FRACTIOUS AND SHARP MUSIC WITH A MELTING POP HEART. BRIDGING ELEMENTS OF SAMPLING, SLOW CORE, AND REPETITION THE TRIO HAVE DEVELOPED A SOUND THAT CONSTANTLY BREAKS APART AND FUSES TOGETHER AGAIN.

THEIR SECOND LP, FAST EDIT, RELEASED ON BLANK FORMS AND BISON, WAS WRITTEN AIDED BY MOBILE PHONES, DICTAPHONES, LAPTOP RECORDINGS, CONVERSATIONS, AND LIVE SHOWS, BLENDING FIDELITIES AND AURAL SPACES. THINGS SIT ON TOP OF EACH OTHER, FALL OVER ONE ANOTHER, OR CLICK INTO PLACE, WITH HEARTS ON SLEEVES AND SPIRITS IN MOTION.

NOTABLE SHOWS INCLUDE EMPTY GALLERY (HONG KONG), HYPERLOCAL FESTIVAL (WITH NTS/BRITISH COUNCIL, BUENOS AIRES), VARIOUS DIY SPACES IN SANTIAGO DE CHILE, AND A SIX-MONTH RESIDENCY AT CAFE OTO AS RECIPIENTS OF THE OTO PROJECTS UK ARTISTS RESIDENCY FUND, (SUPPORTED BY JERWOOD ARTS).  2021-2022 SEES THE TRIO TOURING EUROPE, NORTH AMERICA, AS WELL AS SHOWS IN MEXICO AND JAPAN.

THE GROUP ARE CURRENTLY WORKING ON THEIR THIRD STUDIO ALBUM.