Portico Quartet have defied categorisation over the course of six studio albums. From their 2007 Mercury Music Prize nominated breakthrough ‘Knee-Deep in the North Sea’ through to the longform minimalist inspired ‘Terrain’ and recent electronic driven album ‘Monument’. The band’s precisely sculpted ideas combine human touch with electronic efficiency, delivering acclaimed widescreen minimalism. The third, self-titled, album from Portico Quartet was originally released on 30 January 2012 and saw the band embracing new sonic territories.
This 10th anniversary re-release sees the album newly remastered for vinyl and cut across three sides (the fourth is an etching) by John Davis at Metropolis, with silver foiled sleeve designs and a 12-page 12” booklet of black and white photography from the recording period. There’s a choice of either black or colour vinyl, both with silver foiled sleeve designs and a 12-page 12” booklet of black and white photography from the recording period.
Also included in the vinyl formats is a hi-res download code for the full album and additional contemporaneous EP tracks, currently unavailable elsewhere.
“Portico have found a contemporary sound to thrill their fans and attract new listeners.” The Guardian
“It’s truly great, filled with big drops and the slow, soft descents of an Angelo Badalamenti crescendo.” Drowned in Sound
“It all amounts to the foursome’s most involving album yet” The Times
“From natural to electronic sounds, as if the synthetic fabric of the universe were tearing apart. …throbbing, cyclical rhythms, shivering string and synth parts…” The Independent
Window Seat 3:18
Export for Hot Climates 1:08
Laker Boo 7:51
4096 Colours 4:35
City of Glass 6:36