"Living Fields" is an album of catharsis and redefinition, born of a desire to create newness out of loss and change. You could also say that the band Portico themselves have undergone a process of ending and re-beginning.
Portico make music which moves forward towards distant places while offering rare intimacy as well, arriving somewhere between structured pop songs and a disintegrating ambience, a unique blend of the sublunary and the celestial.
Portico are Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie. Previously they were three-quarters of the highly successful and critically-acclaimed Portico Quartet. But "Living Fields"is no continuation under a shortened name. As far as the band are concerned this is a debut.
There are three remarkable singers on this record: Joe Newman (Alt-J), Jamie Woon andJono McCleery (who sings on "Bright Luck" and as resident vocalist on the album). These are not just guest performances and it shows. Long established relationships between them all allowed for a consistency of thought and expression which makes this a truly remarkable record.
101 ft Joe Newman
Where You Are
Atacama ft Joe Newman
Brittle - ft Joe Newman
Memory of Newness ft Jamie Woon
25 NOV Moods, Zurich
26 NOV Gretchen, Berlin
27 NOV Point FMR, Paris
28 NOV Jazz Tibet, Olomouc
29 NOV Bird, Rotterdam
01 DEC Paradiso, Amsterdam
04 DEC Islington Assembly Hall, London
06 DEC Gazarte, Athens
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