Matt Johnson speaks to Tucan of Superorganism about their not-so-cramped living situation, apple crunch samples and Flight of the ConchordsWritten by matt johnson on 2nd November 2018
Redbrick Meets… Portico
George Thomas catches up with Portico’s Jack Wylie
Portico recently performed at the Village Underground in London to celebrate their upcoming album launch, and Wylie says it 'was a great success despite being pushed at rehearsal'. With a change in musical style I asked how people may (or may not) be adjusting to their new sound. He claimed that 'it’s expected for not all listeners to be into our sound' but he assured us that 'they’re more accepting'.
Portico’s new album Living Fields (released 6th April) features an array of familiar names including Jono McCleery and Jamie Woon however it is Alt-J’s Joe Newman who has attracted claims from Portico listeners stating that the latest style is a product of some sort of ‘Alt-J side project’. I asked Wylie how he felt about these claims, 'it’s almost an insult', he said, 'but it’s something you could expect with any band who collaborates. People get attached to a sound and personally identify with it'. Wylie assured me that Portico is in no way a ‘side project’.
“Their blend of drum machines, synthesized saxophone, and electric bass offers a euphoria and assonance that cannot be simply described
I ask Jack where the motif of disintegration and decay stems from and he tells us that artists such as Jim Hekker and William Basinski serve as a 'terribly perfect source for inspiration'. The ways in which they 'manipulate and destroy textures of sound' is initially where the ideas of disintegration come from. Basinski, an American avant-garde composer, is known for his sound and visual artistry especially with his four-volume album The Disintegration Loops. Portico’s Living Fields shares in this avant-garde artistry providing listeners with an innovative and elusive musicality, one that will stun and capture you. With the release of Living Fields, and the tour kicking off on 18th April in Bristol, we are all in for a treat.