Is fall the season when the music just gets BETTER? No really, someone tell me of a track that has come out recently that you haven’t loved. Other than Katy Perry’s new track which honestly, I would be fine if a taxi driver never played Katy Perry again but, I digress.
The electronic shoegaze duo Portrayal is yet another British band I’ve written about today (this time from Shrewsbury, UK) and you know what? #noregrets. Joe Crook (Vocals, Guitars) and Rob Tranter (Guitars, Synths, Programming) make the perfect match—pairing urgent, up-tempo instrumentals with lyrics and vocals that remind me of Queens of the Stage meets Big Bliss. What you get then, is a narrative-driven track that is equal parts rock and equal parts shoegaze.
With a tune like “Clearing Houses” you are engulfed by both the lyrics and the instrumentals, making you as a listener pay deep attention to the tune. “Clearing Houses” makes you want to get up and dance, while also pontificating on where you are, what you’re doing, what you want to be, where you want to go; it’s expressive and moving. Listen to “Clearing Houses” below.