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|1. Window Seat|
|5. Export for Hot Climates|
|6. Lacker Boo|
|8. 4096 Colours|
|9. City of Glass|
It’s no biggie, though. This time out, the pretty, steely sound of the hang – taken up by new keysman Kier Vine – is set further back than on 2009’s Isla, just one sound among many. What this band should be acclaimed for instead is barrelling through time and genres to make bewitching mood music that’s on a par with Jaga Jazzist. Much like that Norwegian ensemble’s last effort, Portico Quartet (the album) is a mazy, fluid, ethereal suite of chamber jazz to get properly lost in.
Whereas Portico’s previous (second) album Isla was in thrall to Steve Reich and his ripple-effect minimalism, it seems Brian Eno, Four Tet and the Brainfeeder crew are touchstones on songs inspired by train journeys, on-tour blues and the soul-quieting effect of dramatic architecture. Jack Wylie’s sax and Vine’s keys weave dark, mournful tapestries around electronic drums and gadget-enabled bleeps and twitches, while the hang presents itself in ghostly samples and squawks and squeaks serve as on-the-road sound effects.
Everything still sounds familiarly Portico Quartet, only fresh, forward-thinking and a little bit tougher. Their arrangements and wide-open ambience remain sparse, but, on InterRailing-inspired Window Seat, are paired with the sort of drifting synths Oneohtrix Point Never is adored for. Ruins and Steepless – the latter featuring London-based Swedish singer Cornelia – carry the Radiohead gene always present in their improbably tuneful experiments. Ravey nightsongs such as Lacker Boo crackle with the electric, ominous energy of Flying Lotus, while Rubidium and 4096 Colours are bleary-eyed, melancholy and shot through with wintry mid-morning light. As journeys go, this one’s endlessly absorbing.
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Off the radar modern jazz funk, love it wicked. Bit like a jamming session.Published 6 months ago by Malcolm Payne
this is a great progression from earlier stuff, have seen them live twice , but this had developed their sound textures, and a song in there as well, great stuffPublished 24 months ago by B. Robinson
Criminally underrated group of musicians, whose music, at its peak, conjures transcendent and inspiring passages via groundbreaking jazz-fusion. Read morePublished on 11 April 2013 by jj35
This is one where I wish I'd previewed a few more tracks before downloading it. I was hoping for something along the lines of the Cinematic Orchestra's first two albums, a mix of... Read morePublished on 1 April 2013 by Marchespie
great album,what a find,just looking through jazz listings,and found this gem,will be looking for more!worth every penny,keep up the good work,Published on 20 Feb. 2013 by John Bird
Has to be the worst pressing I've got so far from a new album
Don't bother buying this on vinyl or if you do be prepared to return. Read more
On their third album portico quartet have made some changes and not all are good. Programmed beats I'm all for but here they sound tired and uninspired. Read morePublished on 13 Nov. 2012 by Alan Goodenough