Artist: Octopus Curls
Songs: [various excerpts]
Recorded at The Tranzac (Southern Cross Lounge), May 29, 2016.
This night saw a recombinant force of two of Allison Cameron's projects take the stage, mixing trumpeter Nicole Rampersaud (who plays with Cameron in c_RL) and guitarist Stephen Parkinson (part of the No Angels Dancing/No Octopus Dances continuum). Interestingly, those two had never played together before, but there was an easy and even-handed familiarity all around, with all the ukulele plucks, guitar taps, trumpet twists, Honeytone feedback, synth purps, and radio zworps that might be expected from these three players. The fourth musical force, which was quite palpable in the room, was the bleedthrough of a rehearsal of a musical theatre troupe from the Main Hall, which overpowered some of the quieter passages. But that notwithstanding, this was pretty fabulous stuff. I'd usually try to find a concise representation of an improvised set like this, but there was too much goodness to pick from, so here's a more generous allotment than usual to enjoy.