One of several bumper bills at this year?s Triptych Festival, this relaxed showcase for the Glasgow-based Geographic label reached beyond its roster with performances by kindred acts from home and abroad.
Camera Obscura are the shaky product of an experiment to clone the archetypal Glaswegian indie band. They strummed, they plodded, they sang off-key and radiated twee, and still the audience cheered. Result. Playing in the restaurant space, Movietone were equally fragile souls, but less conventional, embellishing their demure soundtracks with string and woodwind arrangements.
Berlin?s To Rococo Rot are a trio of post-Kraftwerk boffins who have not yet worked out how to make a live spectacle of a jumble of leads and plugs. Still, their studious soundscapes, ranging from the industrial to the soothing and hypnotic, were received with enthusiasm.
But the main attraction was composer Craig Armstrong, who presented a succession of brief, bewitching piano pieces in collaboration with German laptop musician AGF, encompassing the skeletal, the haunting and hymnal and the resonant and lyrical.
The highlight was a futuristic cocktail-lounge cover of the Madonna hit Frozen, with AGF?s glacial vocals perfectly complementing Armstrong?s melancholy playing.
Madonna on the set of the “Frozen” video