Town Portal – The Occident
Small Pond Recordings/Subsuburban – 2015
Rock, Math, Instrumental, Prog
Vacuum Horror and Chronopoly from 2011 and 2012 had us spinning around like whirling dervishes. And the new record The Occident by the Danish trio Town Portal does exactly the same but with a bit more room for contemplation and staring in awe at the beautiful landscape they paint. At times those vistas turn into a labyrinth where you can keep running around in without ever finding the exit; those are the darker and disorienting moments. But then suddenly the air seems to shift, the famous mixtures of silver blue and golden orange light starts to shine and one feels at peace and that harmony descents upon them. Only to be picked up again by ingenious time signatures and jazzy breaks and dropped down back inside the heart of the labyrinth. And there is nothing accidental about this adventure and nothing disturbing, it’s actually a highly enjoyable way get lost or to lose yourself for a perfect amount of time.
(Written by JK)