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Album Review

This fourth album from the unique British jazz ensemble is the follow-up to 2009's Isla. Recorded by Greg Freeman (Goldfrapp, Roni Size), it sees the band experimenting with electronica, layering a miasma of gaseous keyboards over heavily syncopated beats both programmed and live. Atonal free sax bleats compete with warm and soothing melodies and the band's signature instrument, the steel drum-esque hang, is muted into the background texture. The album also features a guest performance on the track "Steepless" from Sweden's Cornelia Dahlgren., Rovi

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A band looking to innovate their sound

This album presents a change of direction. Not radical but enough to challenge, surprise and encourage. It would have been easy for them to have followed the sound of the first two albums. But more of the same, though nice, would not have boded well for the future. If a band is to progress it must challenge itself and grow - the Portico Quartet have shown they are willing to take risks to do that. Some of the album doesn't quite work - '4096 Colours' cannot compete with some of the more serious ambient electronica out there. 'Steepless' although interesting ends up being a mix between Massive Attack and Radiohead (with a whole host of others thrown in) but does not excel. But there are some excellent tracks here, not least 'Ruins' and 'City of Glass' that would not be out of place on E.S.T's 'Seven Days of Falling.'

Absolutely love it!

Excellent work, this is deeply entertaining. For those wanting a comparison, probably the best I can offer is Fourtet.

Beautiful!

I have followed The Portico Quartet for a few yrs now & this is their best yet! Have not stopped playing it since it was released - if you havent purchased it then please do - you wont be disappointed:)

Biography

Formed: 2005 in London, England

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s

The Portico Quartet is a contemporary modern jazz and ethnic fusion ensemble from South London, England. Formed in 2005, the band was initially inspired to play via founding member Duncan Bellamy's purchase of an exotic yet contemporary instrument, the hang, at a music festival. The hang, invented in 2000 in Switzerland, is a metallic lap drum with clamped shells, the melodious sound of which resembles both a steel drum and Balinese metallaphone. Where the quartet's influences clearly reference modern...
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