Credit goes to my Spotify-curated Release Radar playlist for this week’s topic. Item 28 in the list was a track by Portico Quartet called On the Light. It comes from Monument, the second album released this year by the band.
The Portico Quartet sound is difficult to categorise. And we like that at Crotchety Mansions. It sits comfortably in the ambient booth, but it seeps through the walls into the electronic and jazz cubicles, too. We have placed it in our Orchestral Beats section, where it mingles with Hidden Orchestra, makes friends with Mogwai, and nods to a passing GoGo Penguin.
Here’s another example from the Monument album that’s typical of their recent work.
The whole album wanders gently through the highways and byways of the ambient region without ever getting bogged down in introspection or lethargy. Of all the Quartet’s releases, this is, perhaps, the greatest monument to the band’s talents.