Portico Quartet re-emerge as Portico, announce new album

Portico - Living Fields

We last heard from Portico Quartet a couple of years ago when they released their excellent eponymous third album, which was one of our Album Picks of 2012. Since then, the now re-birthed three-piece Portico went through a process of ending and re-beginning. Living Fields is the resulting album, set to drop on March 23rd via Ninja Tune. The upcoming album “is no continuation under a shortened name”, explains the press release. “As far as the band are concerned this is a debut.”
The first taste from Living Fields, ‘Bright Luck’, features singer-songwriter Jono McCleery and you can listen to it below.

Fogh Depot join Denovali Records, debut album arrives in February

Fogh Depot - Mining

Judging by the number of fantastic artists and albums slated for a 2015 release, we cannot wait for the new year to come. The latest to grab our ears comes from Moscow based trio Fogh Depot who are one of the latest additions to Denovali Records. Their self-titled debut album arrives in February but we can already get a taste of what’s on offer with the wonderful, cinematic and nostalgic track ‘Mining’. The music is dedicated to bitcoin’s creator Satoshi Nakamoto and it comes with a beautiful video. Here it is.


Matana Roberts’ new instalment of COIN COIN project arrives in February

Matana Roberts - COIN COIN Chapter Three: river run thee

Just over a year ago, when Coin Coin Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile came out, Matana Roberts said the project was far from finished and promised to release another 10 chapters. Well, Chapter Three arrives in 2015.
The incredible alto saxophonist, composer, improviser and sound experimentalist had collaborated with several musicians in both of the previous instalments: on Chapter One: Gens de couleur libres Matana collaborated with more than a dozen Montréal musicians part of experimental and avant-rock scenes, and Chapter Two: Mississippi Moonchile featured a New York jazz sextet. The upcoming Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee, is a solo affair, as the press release explains, “building a hallucinatory and hypnotic soundworld from layered streams of sung and spoken vocals, pure and processed saxophone, drones, noise, sampler/fx pedals and field recordings.”. This solo effort came to life following a lengthy solitary road trip that Matana took through the American South earlier this year, to collect historical and documentary information through interviews, site visits and field recordings.
In celebration of the new album, Matana has moved to a small houseboat in Brooklyn where she’s logging “observations and reflections that further develop themes presented on the record” in a blog.
As with the previous instalments, Matana has again recruited Jerusalem In My Heart’s Radwan Ghazi Moumneh to record the album.
Coin Coin Chapter Three: river run thee is set to be released on February 3rd via Constellation. Luckily, we can already wrap our ears around an excerpt from the album’s staggering cut ‘always say your name / nema, nema, nema’.

Girl In A Thunderbolt’s new Own Your Bones EP out next week

Girl In A Thunderbolt - Own Your Bones

Girl In A Thunderbolt is the alias of Norwich based Maria Uzor, a one-woman multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who uses a looping pedal to craftily layer herself playing and singing. To date, she has released one full-length studio album, Seven Sisters, back in 2010 and a long due follow-up is about to drop next week. Featuring four tracks, the forthcoming Own Your Bones EP channels varied genres, from punk and blues to folk and electronica. The pulsating krautrock-ish opening track ‘Sayonara My Lover’ serves as an intoxicating taster for Own Your Bones. Listen to it below and straight after, check out the EP teaser.


Own Your Bones is out on Monday 24th via Hey Buffalo Records