Review: Still House Plants - AKA drummer David Kennedy, vocalist Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach and guitarist Finlay Clark, who all met at Glasgow Art School - have certainly made a lot of noise with this record. Respected critics are hailing it one of 2020's standout musical moments and, despite the pared back aesthetic throughout, the meeting of jazz percussion styles, repetitive and often locked grooves, and R&B time signatures can reach cacophonous proportions with ease. And that's no bad thing.
You realise about two seconds into the distorted vocal-guitar-drum warm up 'Pleasures', these guys aren't willing to play by the rules, and they really shouldn't have to. It's a rough, ready but incredibly tight nod at punk, UK club music, blues, lo-fi garage rock and something avant-garde or other. 'Shy Song' sounds like a sombre ballad lost its way in opiate heaven, 'Getting Murky' has this wonderfully heavy, sticky night air swagger, and 'PredickateD' is a kind of abstract soul. Exceptional.