EAST PORTAL: A NEW COLLABORATION B/W JOHN ATKINSON & PATRICK TAYLOR RELEASE DEBUT S/T ALBUM
April 8th, 2022 (Los Angeles, CA):
Today East Portal, a collaboration between John Atkinson and Patrick Taylor, have released their debut album East Portal on AKP Recordings. Listen to/purchase East Portal HERE, and watch the new video for “Breakfast on Ground” HERE.
Across the seven tracks of the self-titled release the duo delicately crafts atmospheric yet restrained work in the spirit of Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and the seasonal releases by Jussell, Prymek, Sage, Shiroishi under the Fuubutsushi moniker. Pedal steel, upright bass, and virtual 'acoustic' instruments created with bespoke digital processing become characters engrossed in a bi-coastal conversation between their creators.
East Portal is a collaboration connecting the experimental New York DIY scene and the pop music industry of Los Angeles. Together, they create a hyperreal world where jazz-inflected melodies fuse with uncanny electroacoustic textures, and songs mutate from gorgeous compositions for upright, bass, strings, and clarinet to long stretches of swooning, deconstructed ambient. This unexpected pairing of LA polish and NY grit creates a bracingly fresh combination, brimming with unique sounds and new possibilities that transcend the cliches of both the pop and ambient worlds to arrive somewhere new and forward-looking.