Portico Quartet very graciously agreed to perform at our P3 headphone launch last week and have also agreed to make their eponymous latest album available as a studio-quality download via Society of Sound.
This album sees a huge sonic departure for the band, drawing on the inspiration of electronica, ambient, classical and dance music they’ve added a heady brew of live samples and lops and are exploring a harder-edged sound. This is not least due to new member’s Keir Vine’s taste for vintage synthesisers:
“When we were in the studio,” fellow member Jack Wyllie recalls, “in the studio they had this wicked old Prophet 10 – actually it used to be Gary Numan’s – which we got out and played around with to replace some of the sounds we’d already recorded.”
Keir joins in: ” It’s an old-school really ubiquitous, big analogue synth made by (legendary Californian synthesiser pioneers) Sequential Circuits. “Proper deep,” adds Duncan Bellamy.
The first concert to be recorded in the LSO’s complete cycle of Mahler symphonies, Symphony No 3 is a suitably spectacular place to start.
The symphony is scored for an expanded orchestra with eight horns at its centre, plus an alto soloist, boys choir and female chorus.
Throughout the recording the LSO display eloquence and passion, realising Gergiev’s singular artistic vision with some extraordinary playing.
Both these recordings are available to Society of Sound members in stunning studio-quality downloads including 24-bit FLAC.