Still House Plants are a Glasgow and South London-based three-piece collective made up of Finlay Clark, David Kennedy, and Jessica Hickie-Kallenbach. Combining visual strategies, free improvisation, UK garage and punk, Still House Plants build melodic hierarchies scaffolded around ambiguities and intimacy. In 2018 the trio
released their debut LP ‘Long Play’, collecting the group’s raw guitar-drum-vocal palette and stretching it to include violin, piano and intimate home recording. Ranging from seconds-long to seven:minute:somethings, the album coagulates to form a heady meld of rudimentary phrases, kinetic repetition and malleable samples. Experimental songwriting is rarely so forthcoming, emotive, or approachable.
2020 sees the trio record a new 12” set to be released on Blank Forms (US) and bison (UK), as well as performing and collaborating with artists in Mexico City, Oaxaca, Glasgow, New York City, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Tokyo with British Council/33-33 x MODE.
Following on from a wonderful variety of past featured artists at the festival – including Joe McPhee, Richard Youngs, Zeena Parkins, Ashley Paul and Usurper – Still House Plants will play and present different parts of their practice at Counterflows 2020, offering audiences new ways to engage with their work like never before.