9 Songs, 36 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.4 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

Sassadams ,


Well I love Alt-j and Joe Newman's voice so I had to check Portico out. I am very impressed. They have gained a new fan. The arrangements are flawless and beautiful. Thumbs up for sure.

jaybonejonesbro ,

An unwelcome departure.

A record that really doesn't say anything. Songwriting is subpar to say the least, vocals are dry and uninspiring. The singers featured all sound whiny and not particularly "soulful" at all. Adding vocalists to "liven" or "warm" up their sound has possibly had the opposite effect. The technical proficiency that the band once had has completely disappeared to be replaced by copycat synth lines and sparse rhythm. The original quartet lineup featured instruments like tenor saxophone, upright bass in their arrangements and used the hang drum for a more colorful and diverse musical backdrop. That was a great strength of the now-disbanded Portico Quartet: to make beautiful, haunting instrumental pieces that echoed jazz and classical styles, while stepping forward with new technology and musical ideas. This record is fairly boring, and nothing slipping from the speakers has any value to the listener. It's like writing a story and jumping into the plot without introducing the characters or giving the reader some information as to keep them focused on the narrative/development. Portico Quartet does a total 180, loses a member, changes their name, abandons a sound, tries a new sterile one, and gains nothing. Two stars was me being generous.

Streakman ,


This looks to be a great album! I found them through Alt-J!

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