Sunday, October 13, 2013

Still Corners, live @ An Club (Athens, October 11, 2013)

Sights and sounds from the second appearance of Still Corners in Athens, a year and a half since their first visit.

"Strange Pleasures", their sophomore, more upbeat, album provided more than half of the gig's songs, while a handful of highlights off their atmospheric debut "Creatures Of An Hour" were also present in their set list ("Cuckoo", "Into The Trees", "Endless Summer", "Submarine").

In the live setting Still Corners' sound comes closer to rock as the guitars become more prominent in comparison with their studio recordings where keyboards and electronics reign supreme. The band's more rocking side became most evident during "The Trip", the excellent "Strange Pleasures" opening track which they save for last in their live show, and rightly so, as it is one of their most impressive compositions so far. Greg Hughes, the band's musical mastermind who is on synthesizer, bass and guitar duties during the show, really gives an impressive performance as a guitarist on this track, shredding away in Sonic Youth mode.

Aside from these occasional noise/krautrock flirtations, however, the band remains true to its mission of creating immersing cinematic, electropop soundscapes that deserve a place next to the works of like-minded acts like Broadcast or Chromatics. And with the amazing singing talents of Tessa Murray who radiates sweetness under the limelight, it's only a matter of time before Still Corners become an inspiration for the next generations of aspiring electropop stars.

Still Corners set included the following songs:
Cuckoo, Beatcity, Into The Trees, Beginning to Blue, Endless Summer, Berlin Lovers, Submarine, Fireflies, Midnight Drive, Future Age, The Trip.

Local indie-poppers (and Still Corners enthusiasts) Spectralfire opened proceedings with an interesting set culled from their self-titled debut album. You can have a listen to their music here.

Still Corners - Future Age (live @ An Club, Athens, October 11, 2013)

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