Eastern Promise brings live music and record fair to Platform, Glasgow
- Stewart Smith
- 14 September 2011
To Rococo Rot, Tarwater and Conquering Animal Sound set for Glasgow weekend event
The second Eastern Promise builds on the good work of last year’s festival by bringing an admirably eclectic bill of Scottish and international acts to Easterhouse. Underground pop legends The Pastels play their first show in over a year on the Sunday, and the weekend is reminiscent of their fondly remembered Geographic events at the Triptych Festival, with much of the music fulfilling the band’s label brief of ‘hopeful music, original, unyielding, beautiful’.
Berlin electronica heros and one-time Pastels remixers To Rococo Rot headline on Sunday, showcasing the more organic textures of last year’s Speculation. Their drummer Ronald Lippok appears with his own project, Tarwater, the previous night. Latest album Inside The Ships swaps plangent post-rock for pulsing synths and Euro-jazz oddness: an intriguing prospect live. Other highlights include the lambent electronic pop of Conquering Animal Sound, Edinburgh synth boffins 7VWWVW, the floating sounds of Norwegian multi-instrumentalist Silje Nes and Leaf Label chanteuse Nancy Elizabeth.
The flaming curveball, however, comes in the form of Scandinavian free jazz berzerkers The Thing. The trio of saxophonist Mats Gustafsson, bassist Ingebrigt Håker Flaten and drummer Paal Nilssen-Love are known for using alternative rock songs as the basis for improvisation, so listen out for scraps of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PJ Harvey and Lightning Bolt mangled into ecstatic new shapes. Gustafsson and Nilssen-Love are just as willing to collaborate with rock and noise acts as they are with jazz and improv groups; the result is some of the most exciting post-genre music around, where the freakouts are balanced with a mastery of space.
Platform at The Bridge, Easterhouse, Glasgow, Fri 30 Sep & Sat 1 Oct. There will be an Independent Record Fair on Saturday night. See platform-online.co.uk for info.