Art in The Age Of Automation
by Portico Quartet

En 2007, quatre ex-étudiants en ethnomusicologie du quartier de South Bank, débarquent avec "Knee-Deep in the North Sea", un ovni d'ambient jazz irréel boosté par les sonorités nouvelles du Hang, instrument à percussion proche du steel drum, des boucles électros lancinantes, des envolées éthérées de saxophone et une basse épurée. En perpétuelle quête d'un nouveau son, Portico Quartet va enrichir son univers, ajoutant toujours un peu plus de strates musicales à son cocktail complexe et minimaliste.

Après "Isla" en 2010 et "Portico Quartet" en 2012, le groupe devient trio suite au départ du percussionniste Keir Vine et nous plonge, en 2015, dans une une électro-pop lumineuse avec "Living Fields".

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Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet has always been an impossible band to pin down. Sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism, the group created their own singular, cinematic sound over the course of three studio albums, from their 2007 breakthrough 'Knee-Deep in the North Sea', and 2010 John Leckie produced 'Isla', to the self titled record 'Portico Quartet' in 2012.

Recorded at Fish Factory Studios in London at the beginning of the year and mixed at Vox studios, Berlin, Art In The Age Of Automation finds the band building on the sound world they first explored with their eponymous 2012 release Portico Quartet, mixing the cinematic minimalism, that first made their name, with electronic and ambient textures alongside a welcome return for Jack's ethereal saxophone and Duncan's unique mixture of live and electronic drums as well of course as the band's signature sound, the chiming other worldy tones of the hang drum.

Tracklist :
1. Endless
2. Objects to Place in a Tomb
3. Rushing
4. Art in the Age of Automation
5. S/20005S
6. A Luminous Beam
7. Beyond Dialogue
8. RGB
9. Current History
10. Mercury Eyes
11. Lines Glow

Label : Gondwana Records

2017
€11,00
VAT excl. €9,17