With five years of eclectic events behind them, the Glasgow promotions team has gained a reputation for thought-provoking bills. I still wasn't expecting Friday night to begin with a screening of 1970s sci-fi horror Phase IV, accompanied by heavy, brooding electronica.
Fellow US-based acts Expo 70 and Ancient Ocean provided the warm-up, the latter's unsettling 20-minute electronic composition perfectly in tune with the antics of the ants on the screen behind us. The former's experimentation was guitar-driven: the sound of the noodliest of plaintive prog-rock solos being steadily throttled as the film played on, ultimately becoming so tortured I had to look away.
The headliners, Matt "MV" Valentine and Erika "EE" Elder, with the addition of a bassist to beef up their sound, came as a relief after this sensory barrage; opening with the woozy, melodic Flow My Ray. Their set was accompanied by what was billed as their Home Comfort Sound System, rustic sound and a DIY light show put together from overhead projectors and 16mm slides.
The set-up looked like the store cupboard of an underfunded Scottish high school from decades past but the effect was a hypnotic gateway to immersion in the music. It smoothed the band's harsher undercurrents, the moments when a little too much feedback or squalling undertones threatened to rip the audience from their organic, sprawling jams.