Newly signed to Ninja Tune, Portico’s new music is born of a desire to create newness out of the ideas of loss and change. Bordering on the hallucinatory, their music moves forwards towards distant places, arriving somewhere between structured pop songs and a disintegrating ambience.
Featuring founder members Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie, Portico is a diffuse blend of the sublunary and the celestial where reverb drenched pianos mesh with swathes of ambient noise. Drum machines crisply puncture the air surrounded by shimmering arpeggios of synth and electric bass and guest vocalist Jono McCleery’s vocals float high above a world of textural atmosphere. Portico’s new album, Living Fields, will be released on Ninja Tune in March 2015 and tonight’s show offers a unique chance to hear the band’s new music in a live setting here in Ramsgate.