Album Review : Port St. Willow : Holiday

My first thought when I checked out Port St. Willow’s new album Holiday via it’s creator Nick Principe’s bandcamp page was “aww, he moved back home to Brooklyn..” in my mopiest inner-voice. Portland’s loss fo’ sho.’ My second thought was that the album was even more fascinating and goosebumpling (yeah, I just made that up, but it feels right) than even I, a Port St. Willow fan, might have expected. It’s also an extended piece of music so far off the beaten path it needs to be thought of in terms as surreal as it sounds; such as a Kubrick-ian soundtrack, a sonic solar system art installation, or a musical interpretation and re-enactment of a winter’s day on the Oregon coast. Something along those lines, perhaps. Principe’s devout lamentations, echoing drums, vibrating synths and woebegone piano take you on a poignant and wondrous journey you won’t soon want to end. To give newcomers a musical comparison of some kind, the closest sound I can think of is the track It Can Be Beautiful (Sometimes) from World Party’s 1986 Private Revolution. If you don’t know that one, all I can say is, if you like hushed beauty, outer space, angelic falsettos and loads of ennui, this is the real deal. And for only $7 bucks?! You gotta.

MP3 : Port St. Willow – Two Five Five Two

-Post by Miss Dolly Mod

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