Offset

A 2 track crossover jazz single (10m 2s) — released September 6th 2019 on Gondwana Records

"Portico Quartet stake claims to territory occupied by Radiohead, Cinematic Orchestra and Efterklang". The Guardian *****

Portico Quartet release Offset, the first single from their forthcoming album Memory Streams,

Offset is a powerful, punchy anthem with shades of a classic Portico Quartet tune built on motion and tension and Bellamy's drums pound in response. It announces a return to the classic Portico Quartet sound pallet of drums, saxophone, bass and Hang-Drums.

But their sound has modulated, become more modern, whilst still channeling the beauty and mystery which has always marked the very best of Portico Quartet's music.

It's the sound of a band at ease with its self who after a dozen years of recording and playing together are able to simultaneously explore and embrace their own identity.

Indeed, Memory Streams, their fifth studio album continues the journey that first started with 2008's Mercury nominated debut Knee Deep in the North Sea. It's a creative path that has seen the band embrace new technology and explore ambient and electronic influences alongside minimalism, jazz and beyond.

It is a process that has encouraged change. Each album has seen the band expand its palate or explore new trajectories. From the gentle charm of their breakthrough's inimitable mix of jazz, world and minimalist influences, to the tight-knit brilliance of Isla, the electronic infused eponymous Portico Quartet to 2016's return Art in the Age of Automation (the band's most electronic statement to date) they have never been a band to look backwards.

Each record has been its own world, its own statement and offered its own meaning. It's the mark of a band that has always both stood apart from any scene and been prepared to challenge its self and find new things to say and to push the limits of what they could do.

Live Dates:

14 Sept Eilan festival, Terschelling NL

20 Sept Freiburg jazz Festival GE

21 Sept Reeperbahn Festival Hamburg GE

23 Oct La Gaite Lyrique, Paris FR

24 Oct Le Brice Glasse, Annercy FR

01 Nov Norwich Arts Centre, Norwich UK

02 Nov Barbican Centre, London UK

06 Nov Gorilla Manchester UK

07 Nov Trinity Centre, Bristol UK

08 Nov Sage 2 Gateshead UK

09 Nov The Art School, Glasgow UK

13 Nov Super Sonic Jazz, Amsterdam NL

15 Nov Mama Jazz, Vilnius Li

21 Nov Le Roma, Antwerp, BE

27 Nov Heimathafen, Berlin GE

More dates to be announced:

www.porticoquartet.com

www.gondwanarecords.com

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