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
Still House Plants are a three-piece collective based in Glasgow. Obscured melodies and minimal song structures are suffused with light and silence. Shambling rhythms, pulsing chords, and lilting vocals undulate sincerely between sound, space, and the haptic.
Following the eponymously-titled EP in 2016 with GLARC, they are to release 'Assemblages' in mid-June, before playing dates around the UK and Europe. In October they will begin a construction and movement-based collaborative residency with Gordon Bruce (GLARC) and Thomas Leyland-Collins (TLC Sound System) at the CCA, Glasgow, following on from their exhibition ‘Talk To The Barking Dogs’ at The Pipe Factory, Glasgow.
Horse Whisperer is artist-composer Max Syed-Tollan and a shifting school of collaborators occupied with the production of all-over-the-place experimental pop. Last year's cassette release 'The Fifth Season' (GLARC) drew on a world of influences, from renaissance madrigals to noise, to create an adventurous sonic collage imbued with a spirit of fun. For this show, Horse Whisperer (with KABOBO percussionist David Scorteccia) will perform a new collection of works composed between December 2016 and May 2017 further developing ideas from the cassette.
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."