RATING: 8.5 / 10
Genre: Electronic Pop, Experimental
Songwriting: 8 | Music: 9 | Vocals: 8.5
Location: Portland, Maine
For fans of: Bjork, Phantogram, Lana Del Rey, Massive Attack
Port of Est has officially landed, and call it what you want, but this experimental electronic pop band is one of the most interesting specimens ever concocted in a recording lab/studio. Hailing from the other Portland – the one in Maine – Port of Est have put together one of the most solid electronic pop albums of the year, Onyx Moon. Emitting the same unorthodox sound you’d get from artists like Bjork and Massive Attack, Onyx Moon is not your average run of the mill pop album.
Of all the songs on Port of Est’s new 9-track release, “Valentine In My Headphones” is my personal favorite because, I love the entire sound from start to finish. The ambient pulses mixed with live drum cadences really resonated with me; not to mention the lead vocal performances. As a producer, I really dug the way Todd Kitchens put this composition together, creating the perfect backdrop for Hannah Tarkinson to croon her way seamlessly through every nook and cranny in the music. I absolutely fell in love with the entire recording and would absolutely recommend this as the next single from this Onyx Moon project.
Other songs like “Lupine”, “Skin To Skin”, and the lead single “Clash” also offer some the same greatness embodied in ‘Valentine’. Every track plays well with it’s album mates, making this one of the most entertaining and enjoyable listens I’ve had in awhile from an electronic pop band. So, If you’re looking for a great melodies, awesome music, and beautiful vocals, then I’d really recommend you check out Port of Est and their new album, Onyx Moon, when it hits stores April 26th.