Friday, October 06, 2006

Port Royal - Flares

Wow, first and foremost I should send a "Thank You" to Micky at Boring Machines for turning me onto these guys! So thanks Micky!

If you're like me, wondering if the art-rock genre had expanded its borders past Scotland, Japan, and the US, then I would highly recommend you take a look into Italy! The band in question, Port Royal, managed to turn shoe-gazer art-rock, into Air-esque mood music that would have fit perfectly on the soundtrack to "Lost in Translation"! It also helps that the five-piece from Genoa, Italy are some of the nicest guys on the planet, as are their label!

The bands debut album, Flares, had outsold it's original pressing and their label (Resonant) was forced to re-issue the album to meet the demands of fans. From start to finish the album ebbs and flows throughout its 10-tracks, some lasting in duration over 10 minutes ("spetsnaz|paul leni"), which somehow never seems to be long enough! It is no shocker to anyone who is familiar with the album that someone apparently already noted that they manage to pull off a blisteringly effective Sigur Ros effect (minus the Hopelandic!)!

Shortly put, this album is a must have, if you are a fan of shoe-gazer/post-rock/art-rock! Maybe we'll get lucky and they'll get to branch out of their native Italy for some shows in the US!

You can read a great interview with the band, by Micky,
here. You can also check them out on Myspace here.


Blogger Micky67 said...

You couldnt have put it better. An absolute stunner of an album!!

Up the Royals

10:16 PM  

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