Now minus the quartet, London trio Portico return with a new album ‘Living Fields’, out on 30th March (a week earlier than originally planned) through the constantly brilliant Ninja Tune label. The three piece, Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie aren’t treating the album as a continuation of their work as/in a quartet, rather a debut project, and they have brought in a three vocalists to move away from their largely instrumental output to date.
Ahead of the albums release, the band are streaming 101 featuring Alt-J vocalist Joe Newman (Jamie Woon and Jono McCleery being the other two on the album). It opens with this simple, classical sounding arpeggiated figure on the synth. Quickly though, it grows with beats and electronics added, before being cleared away for Newman’s lovely vocal, emotional at one point, soaring at another. It settles into this rippling, pulsating electronic soul track, but with just enough experimentalism in there to make your head thing, as well as your heart melt.
The band have announced a run of dates later on in the spring.
UK Tour Dates
13-Mar Guildford, Boiler Room
16-Mar Ramsgate, Music Hall
18-Mar London, Village Underground (Convergence Festival)
18-Apr Bristol, Colston Hall
19-Apr Brighton, The Haunt
20-Apr Dublin, Whelans
21-Apr Leeds, The Wardrobe
22-Apr Sheffield, O2 Academy
23-Apr Norwich, The Waterfront
25-Apr Nottingham, Rock City Basement
26-Apr Manchester, Academy 3
27-Apr Liverpool, Kazimier
28-Apr Birmingham, Hare and Hounds