Portico Quartet - Portico Quartet
Real World Records (UK) CDRWP186
This new album by Portico Quartet follows on from their glorious first two, 'Knee Deep in the North Sea' and 'Isla', so I guess from the off, you're familiar with the vibe, but now there's a level of maturity, difference in song writing and the musical direction, is very now !
In fact, Portico Quartet still sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit’s unique music has expanded to embrace new sonic territories. Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas where the inspiration of Burial, Mount Kimbie and Flying Lotus rubs shoulders with the textures of Arve Henriksen and Bon Iver and echoes of Steve Reich and Max Richter. But all underpinned by a shared joy in collective music making as the band push their inimitable music into the future, with this self-titled album.
So in short, I love their sound and most definitely rate this release. But don't take our word for it, take a listen yourselves !