Portico Quartet are set to release a new album ‘Monument’, the electronic follow-up to their acclaimed ambient LP ‘Terrain’.
Coming only six months after their last album, ‘Monument’ represents one of the band’s ‘accessible, direct records to date’; a record ironically intended to be written before the ethereal sounds of Terrain were put front and centre.
At one point both albums were intended to make up the same release, before being split into two separate projects that band members Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie worked on together concurrently.
A press release reads that: “If Terrain addressed the darker side of how Duncan Bellamy and Jack Wyllie made sense of the pandemic, then Monument resonates as an ode to better times.”
Speaking of the release Wyllie explains: “It’s possibly our most direct album to date. It’s melodic, structured and there’s an economy to it that is very efficient. There’s not much searching or wastage within the music itself, it is all finalised ideas, precisely sculpted and presented as a polished artefact.”
Bellamy expands, “Monument sits somewhere between our albums Portico Quartet and Art in the Age of Automation. It has perhaps a more overtly electronic edge to its sound – there are more synthesisers and electronic elements than we have used before and the music is often streamlined and rhythmic”.
'Monument' will be released in full on 5th November 2021.
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