Friday, August 19, 2016

Recording: Special Costello

Artist: Special Costello

Song: Late Night

Recorded at Pia Bouman School for Ballet (SummerWorks: Sound Circuitz), August 12, 2016.

Special Costello - Late Night

Sometimes, a single moment of flotsam on the pop-culture sea can get lodged in the back of your head and become a personal beacon that endures for years. Like, say, the image of a bird and fish falling in love in an early computer-animation clip. That scene, and others from the Mind's Eye computer animation demos that were repackaged for a generation of Canadian teens as YTV's Short Circutz, was the inspiration for Basement Studio Project (Halloway Jones, Natalie Logan and Heather Rappard), who turned the theatre space into an analogue reconstruction of a computer animated landscape. Giving a huge amount of depth to the room, the audience were welcomed to wander (or dance) around the performers.

Although Jeremy Costello's project works on a different terrain than Baby Cages, the two sets were fine complements for each other. Costello's slo-mo r&b-influenced new romantic constructions were in no hurry to get where they were going, stretching out with a sort of languid satisfaction, though Nick Dourado, on drums and sax, helped nudge things along.

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