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Ted Barnes - Portal Nou (2008)

22-09-2015, 16:52
Folk | Pop | Indie

Ted Barnes - Portal Nou (2008)

Artist: Ted Barnes
Title Of Album: Portal Nou
Year Of Release: 2008
Label: Phantom Sound & Vision
Genre: Indie Folk, Chamber Pop, Neoclassical
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 00:42:29
Total Size: 107 Mb


01. Singing Glasses (1:18)
02. Ghosts In The Cupboard (4:12)
03. All Thats Real (5:08)
04. Dreaming Of Dogs (2:34)
05. Portal Nou (2:20)
06. Squeezebox (5:18)
07. The Magicians Assistant (2:41)
08. The Turning Point (2:09)
09. Caught Out (3:49)
10. These Foolish Things (2:50)
11. Trust Me (1:56)
12. If The Truth Hurts (3:45)
13. Coot (0:20)
14. Dreams And Hopes (4:09)

This summer sees the release of PORTAL NOU, the much-anticipated third album by renowned British musician TED BARNES and the debut release on Teds own label Mornington Records. Written and recorded between his home on the Kent coast and time spent on the Regents Canal in London, and inspired by the recent birth of his son, the record marks a new phase in Barnes s personal and musical life. Although it still displays some of the melancholia of his previous work, PORTAL NOU, which is Spanish for new gateway , is lighter and appropriately buoyant. Coming after the widely critically acclaimed and characteristically dark second album, Underbelly , the new record offers a more optimistic outlook and brings with it elements of humour and a playfulness. Somewhat of a departure for Barnes, the album is also the first to include songs for which he has written lyrics, alongside a body of instrumental tracks. It also features an impressive array of guest lyricists and vocalists, many with whom he is a long-term collaborator, including Beth Orton, Gavin Clark (Sunhouse / Clayhill / Unkle), Francoiz Breut (Calexico / Yan Tierson), Dan Michaelson (Absentee) and Kathryn Williams. Restrained yet incredibly powerful, Barnes treats the voice as another instrument rather than the overriding force of a song, and manages to create a hypnotic and absorbing continuity throughout the album. Through the beautifully paired down introduction, Singing Glasses , which runs almost seamlessly into the intriguing Ghosts in the Cupboard the listener is drawn into a world of curiosity and adventure. From the enchanting All That s Real and Caught Out to the haunting Squeezebox , and throughout the consistently mesmerising PORTAL NOU, the listener is made to feel part of a storytelling experience; seduced in the most innocent way by its captivating, filmic qualities. Like the soundtrack to a romantic French film, its deceptively simple melodies and rhythms belie deeper goings on and hint at the beguiling characters hidden within. Combining guitar, piano, strings, double bass, beats and electronics with toy and found instruments, Barnes s genius lies in carefully crafting soundscapes that have a spontaneous charm. With PORTAL NOU and its collision of English pastoral idylls, junk shop cacophonies and Parisian romance, he has once again created a unique musical experience.

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