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Counterbalance

The Portraits Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Active Distribution Ltd
  • ASIN: B0096PFABO
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 476,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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About the Artist

Launched in 2005 by Irish singer Lorraine Reilly and Bristolian pianist Jeremy Millington, The Portraits warm upbeat sound which mixes folk with music theatre, jazz and classical styles has secured the band a big following in the UK and France. As well as being crowned Best International Artist 2011 by US station Radio Crystal Blue, The Portraits released a song, Liberty, for Burma s democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, which was presented to her in person. Their hotly awaited new album Counterbalance will be released on CD and download formats on 1st October. The release follows an intense year of music-making by the band, taking in performances at 2011 s Glastonbury Festival and the writing and releasing of a brand new song every Friday throughout 2012 based on ideas sent in by fans. The new 13-track collection has been dubbed the Justice Album as it includes songs about the attempts to silence Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, women s battle to be judged by their ideas and not their appearance and the way in which religion can create more fear than it heals. We ve been lucky to visit parts of the world that the west has almost forgotten, explains songwriter Jeremy, and we ve seen what a raw deal some people get...I guess this has given us a fairness gauge which inspires us to write about things that we think are unjust.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Alternative Folk with meaning - its excellent 5 Nov 2012
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This band are one of the best kept secrets of the London Folk scene at the moment. I'm hoping this is their "breakthrough moment".

The Portraits have a strong live following, having played Glastonbury in 2011, regularly playing gigs in both UK and France

Counterbalance is the follow up to the popular album "The Blushing Of A World In White" of 2010, and again they've visited important themes on this new album. From the gagging of Julian Assange, the hope of peace in the world, difficulties of good music reaching a wider audience, to the panic when they got their Glastonbury slot.

Expect beautiful harmonies and a group of musicians who have clearly been working together for a while, bringing a tight sound, with beautiful piano and strings. They are a great live act, who can very faithfully reproduce the often complex musical arrangements you'll find here.

Please give them a listen, they both delight and surprise with their beautiful music infused with important global messages.
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