Portico Quartet’s latest album, Untitled (AITAOA #2), the companion album to last year’s Art in the Age of Automation, just dropped last week and it’s spacey, trippy, dopeness that I can’t stop playing. In particular, I can’t stop playing the song “View from a Satellite”, a brilliant shimmering crescendo where Jack Wyllie’s saxophone is superb and fritters about the air like an excited bird greeting the morning canopy, but it’s all about Duncan Bellamy’s drumming here, with the best fills that really kick this song into gear. If that’s not all, Bellamy also directed the music video for the tune, which seems ideal for an art museum (which, I suppose, is fitting considering the album as a whole). Indulge yourself and play the video after the jump.
Duncan Bellamy – drums and electronics
Jack Wyllie – saxophones and keyboards
Milo Fitzpatrick – electric and double-bass
Keir Vine – keyboards
Untitled (AITAOA #2), the fifth album from Portico Quartet, is out now on Gondwana Records.
Check them out on their tour dates through Europe this spring & summer.
04 May REFLEKTOR – LIEGE
05 May CHELTENHAM JAZZ FESTIVAL
09 MAY E-WERK – ERLANGEN
10 MAY AMPERE – MUNICH
11 MAY GRELLE FORELLE – VIENNA
30 JUNE A LOVE SUPREME – GLYNDE
21 JULY FOLK FOREST – SHEFFIELD
20 OCT ROUNDHOUSE LDN – GONWANA 10
Nextbop Editor-in-Chief Anthony Dean-Harris hosts the modern jazz radio show, The Line-Up, Fridays at 9pm CST on 91.7 FM KRTU San Antonio and is also a contributing writer to DownBeat Magazine and the San Antonio Current.