“Isla feeds on Steve Reich mathematics, Radiohead dread, African desert grooves and ECM northern melancholy to travel into a new, chiming cavernous sound-world that is both exotic and hypnotic.” MOJO ****
“Serenely let us move to distant places,
And let no sentiment of home detain us,
The Cosmic Spirit seeks not to restrain us,
But lift us stage by stage to wider spaces”
Portico are Milo Fitzpatrick, Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie. Their forthcoming album is scheduled for release on Ninja Tune in April 2015. It is an album of catharsis and re-definition born of a desire to create newness out of the ideas of loss and change.
Marking both the end and the beginning of Portico, their music moves forwards towards distant places, arriving somewhere between structured pop songs and a disintegrating ambience, offering a diffuse blend of the sublunary and the celestial.
Reverb drenched pianos mesh with swathes of studio noise while the vocals float high above a world of textural atmosphere. Drum machines crisply puncture the air around shimmering arpeggios of synth and electric bass.
Bordering on the hallucinatory and reaching into the depths of their collective music making, Portico craft their own world out of many years of creating together. Featuring vocals from Jono McCleery, Joe Newman (alt-J) and Jamie Woon, it is a take on distance and time that unfolds in tragic grandeur.
“genuinely innovative.. there isn’t a band that sounds remotely like them.” Observer Music Monthly
“the hottest ticket in town” – Time Out
- Label: Ninja Tune
- Based in: London, UK
- Band/Crew: 3-4 on stage/ 6 travelling
- Territory: MEAA