Having recently signed to Coldcuts esteemed London label Ninja Tune the band formerly known as Portico Quartet now return to Berlin for a special live show at Club Gretchen this November in their new formation as a trio.
Newly re-configured as a three piece, Portico (Duncan Bellamy, Milo Fitzpatrick and Jack Wyllie) are delighted to unveil a brand new song from their forthcoming album. Bordering on the hallucinatory, their hypnotic music moves forwards towards distant places, arriving somewhere between structured pop songs and a disintegrating ambience. Living Fields is the perfect introduction. The band is also thrilled to announce that they’ve signed to Ninja Tune. Currently in the studio putting the finishing touches to the full length, with collaborators Jamie Woon, Jono McCleery and Joe Newman (Alt-J) the band said: “We’re really pleased that we’ve signed to Ninja Tune, they have such a rich history of releasing innovative exciting music and so we feel at home here already. Can’t wait to share this new music with you all.”
Fusing influences from jazz and electronica to contemporary classical and hip hop and an electro-acoustic instrumentation to match, Portico Quartet display an impressive level of musical diversity. Portico Quartet still sound like nothing you ever heard before. The Mercury nominated East London based outfit’s unique brand of hypnotic minimalism has expanded to embrace new sonic territories.
Drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music as they take their strange, beautiful, cinematic, future music to exciting new vistas where the inspiration of Burial, Mount Kimbie and Flying Lotus rubs shoulders with the textures of Arve Henriksen and Bon Iver and echoes of Steve Reich and Max Richter. But all underpinned by a shared joy in collective music making as the band push their inimitable music into the future.
Expanding their sound to embrace electronics was a natural progression in an age where integrating effects, real time looping and samples is second nature to many musicians. In the process Portico Quartet maintain an authentic acoustic core sound that’s magnified through skilled electronic manipulation.
Portico Quartet LIVE
Wednesday, 26th November 2014 | 20:00 CET
Gretchen | Obentrautstr. 19-21 | 10963 Berlin/Kreuzberg