Portico

It might seem obvious to say that the Portico of today is not the Portico of ten years ago, but few contemporary bands have experienced a transformation quite so marked over the course of four albums. Departing from the experimental jazz stylings of their Mercury nominated debut, Knee-Deep in the North Sea, today they’ve developed into a vocal featuring electronica group. The departure of Keir Vine, who in turn had replaced Nick Mulvey, removed the hang (a UFO shaped steel drum) from their back line and the ‘Quartet’ from their name. The sea change this spelt in their sound was confirmed by their signing to Ninja Tune this year for new album, Living Fields. Despite all this, that strand of pensive song writing with an undercurrent of chaos remains their defining feature.