It’s rare that an album comes along and makes you rethink your listen habits. In 2014, still very much in its infancy, Music From Memory released Clouds, the debut album from Gaussian Curve and the first original music that Jamie Tiller, Tako and Abel put out on the label. Bringing together Gigi Masin, Young Marco and Jonny Nash, the trio built a bridge between ambient and early evening club sounds, uniting fans from all three in a way that few bands, solo artists or DJs had been able to achieve before.
Over two years since the release and the band had rarely made a live appearance together – save for one co-headline slot with Larry Heard in Australia – so we jumped at the chance to host their UK debut last month at The Yard. The 150 cap Hackney theatre was the perfect location for the Sunday performance, encouraging an attentiveness in the crowd that was so quiet at times, you could here the foot pedals on Gigi’s keyboard. Across two separate performances, the band breathed new life into familiar tracks on Clouds through extended live edits. With Gigi on keys, Jonny on guitar and Marco the electronic conductor in the middle, you wouldn’t have known the trio rarely practice together. Seamless and focussed, yet relaxed enough to acknowledge whoops from the crowd after the breathtakingly atmospheric renditions of album calling card ‘Impossible Island’ and set climax ‘Broken Clouds’.
We recorded a video session with the band between performances, which will be up soon. In the mean time check out some photos of the performance by Lewis Khan and a warm-up set recorded by our own Aaron L below. For more info on Gaussian Curve’s second album The Distance check the Music From Memory website.