Portico Quartet have 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.
This new disc succeeds by breaking new ground while keeping new to the group’s unique soundscape.
Without losing focus on the hang… through the looped beats and sonic shudders there is still a grounding in the distinctive Portico sound. It’s hard to predict where they might go next – as the sonic journey is already in its outer reaches.
(5 Stars for Performance – 5 stars for Recording)
BBC Music Magazine (UK)
This should be the album that sees Portico Quartet become one of the defining acts of this generation.
Effortlessly minimal, but achingly haunting and beautiful…Groundbreaking, potentially game-changing, Portico Quartet’s subtle musical intricacies combined with production values heralding unrivalled clarity have been meshed in a very modern way to create an album of wonderful proportions and balanced minimalism. Stunning.
( 19 out of 20)
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