East Portal’s debut album keeps finding its way into the back of my mind. John Atkinson and Patrick Taylor continually make surprising, unexpected choices as the record veers between discordant ledges and drifting valleys, combining the two disparate threads with elegance. Electronic silhouettes morph into the shadows of spiraling acoustic arrangements; pensive dreams become stagnant realities. It’s a beautiful record that continues to reveal itself through deeper investigations.
For this mix – Electroacoustic Portal – Atkinson and Taylor capture the spirit of this music through others.
Looking Forward to Something, Dude – Joseph Shabason
Dolphins Climb Onto Shore for the First Time – Mica Levi & Oliver Coates
Arc Hive – Pauline Oliveros, David Rothenberg, Timothy Hill
Requiem for Dying Mothers, Pt. 2 – Stars of the Lid
I, Autocorrelations – Christopher Tignor
Welk – Bohren & Der Club of Gore
Shift – Radian
Tin Cans & Twine – Tortoise
Blues Subtitled No Sense of Wonder – Gastr Del Sol
Zawinul/Lava – Brian Eno
To Sleep or Just Lie There – M. Sage & Ned Milligan
Rime – Sarah Louise
No Future – Rachika Nayar