Still House Plants
Bison is delighted to bring experimental songwriters Still House Plants to Brighton for the first time. Drawing as much from visual art forms as they do from free jazz and post rock idioms, the trio create loosely scaffolded songs suffused with light. Their first LP ‘Long Play’ sees the group broaden their guitar / drums / vocals palette to include violin, piano and intimate home recording to create a heady composition of rudimentary phrases, kinetic repetition and affective hooks. Experimental pop is rarely so forthcoming, emotive or approachable.
“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. My companion likens them to slowcore indie-rockers Bedhead, and there’s certainly something of that minimalist guitar trance going on. But where slowcore broods in the shadows, Still House Plants embrace the light, with Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach’s dreamy, Liz Fraser-like vocals floating blissfully over a guitar and bass swell.” - Stewart Smith, The List
Having chosen Still House Plants to support her GLAD Cafe show back in March, we're also chuffed to bring friend and fellow experimentalist Ashley Paul to the Rose Hill. Ashley's intuitive process integrates free form song structures with a focused approach to sound and clatter. A complexity of instruments including saxophone, clarinet, voice, prepared strings, bells and percussion create a delicate palette, uniquely her own. Her solo albums have received critical acclaim being chosen in The Wire: Top 50 Albums of 2013, Pitchfork’s “The Out Door” best experimental sounds of 2013, number one on Byron Coley and Thurston Moore’s “Tongue Top Ten” in Arthur Magazine, and included on NPR’s All Songs Considered “Best of 2010”. She has been interviewed and/ or featured in the Wire, The New York Times, Spex, Jungle World, The Sound Projector, Gonzo (circus), Dummy, BOMB, The Quietus, Ad Hoc, Foxy Digitalis, NPR’s “All Songs Considered” and Rare Frequency. Ashley’s composition “The Pace of Time” premiered at Roundhouse (London), August 2013, and was performed collaboratively with Nik Colk Void and Simon Fisher Turner.
It is testament to the arresting intimacy of Ashley Paul's live set that between plucked guitar and a wailing sax there's near silence in the venue. Paul creates and controls an eerily concave space - so inward that with every listen the recording mutates in on itself. Highly emotive and strangely addictive. - Cafe OTO
A former heavy metal kid, Dylan Nyoukis, is a noise expressionist and an experimentalist who explores improvisatory sounds of nightmarish beauty. ”…His solo vocal and tape work continues to push the envelope in terms of the expressive options offered by amplified physicality while his rejection of any kind of theoretical backdrop liberates him from servitude to any specific agenda. He remains a singular voice." - David Keenan."