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I BELIEVE IN FATHER XMAS EXCLUSIVE FREE MP3
Greg Lake's Christmas classic was often referred to as a rather irreverent look at the traditions and legends of Xmas. Lake himself denies that that was the aim of the song. The ability to question the beliefs we are fed is a good one, as not to do so leaves us guilty of not making full use of the freedoms we are lucky to have in the west. We can enjoy the magic of Christmas without necessarily subscribing to the supposed truths attached to it. Even the non-religious can revel in the opportunity to share special times with family where the world just stops for a while and we remember the things that are important to us. We hope everyone enjoys our take on this gorgeous song. Thanks Greg, and thanks to Sergei Prokofiev for the Troika melody that made the song especially memorable.
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LIFE IN SEPIA
by THE PORTRAITS
Life In Sepia is a fantastic new collection of 10 intimate acoustic songs, some previewed over the last year on our Facebook page, but now professionally recorded, mixed and mastered and available for the very first time together on an album.
Including the Christmas single, The Portraits’ version of Greg Lake’s classic “I Believe In Father Xmas”
"A blooming gorgeous collection...moving lyrics and choiry vocals guaranteed to hurtle you into the Xmas spirit. A must for your stocking" Folksphere
Tracklisting: 01 Small World Anthem 02 India’s Daughter 03 Malala 04 Cape Blues 05 Affinity 06 Silence Is Deafening 07 Trading Miracles 08 Difference 09 Return 10 I Believe In Father Xmas
THE BLUSHING OF A WORLD IN WHITE
The Portraits' simple observations of adult life from the perspective of those that have loved, lost, travelled, had children and laughed about it all, make for a cosy brand of acoustic pop with beautiful harmonies and folk and world music tinges.
"The Blushing Of A World In White" is the album the Millingtons have been waiting years to write. An ensemble of 12 alternately heartbreaking and witty songs about real lives built around haunting piano lines, raw strings, orchestral instruments, ethnic voices and percussion, and most notably, the duo's trademark vocals, near choral in style, layered and pained in harmony with a distinctive nod to the 70s, Brian Wilson and Clannad. This is the culmination of a decade's songwriting partnership and a life-time of shared experiences.
Along with a larger band of string players, sax and percussionist, a remarkable Spanish vocalist, Belen Martin Miguez, joins The Portraits on certain dates during their forthcoming tour, bringing to their live set a new worldy flavour, as well as cowriting and singing on several songs on the album.
"The Portraits blend sophistication with simplicity; a classical mien with modern mores on The Blushing Of A World In White. Infused with musical and rhythmic influences drawn from at least four continents, The Portraits create thought-provoking works of art in song. The Blushing Of A World In White doesn't so much mark a change for The Portraits as it does the next step in their inevitable development. The create force majeure comprised of Lorraine Reilly and Jeremy Millington is destined to never rest in their search for new creative avenues in music. It's for that reason that The Portraits always sound fresh and inspired. This is a must-have album." WILDY'S WORLD, May 2010
As with all our downloads, fans set the price and 1/3 of all proceeds go to a school for poor children in Burma.
The Portraits - Timescape
"Timescape", the new album by Anglo-Irish folk-pop duo The Portraits, followed a thrilling worldwind period working in Cape Town with local South African musicians, renowned studio wizard Simon "Fuzzy" Ratcliffe, and contributions from Portishead side-kick Pete Judge on brass. Released in late 2008, the colourful follow up to the duo's critically acclaimed first album "Kin" (2006) blends the choiry feel of the duo’s trademark vocal arrangements with an electronic worldiness, and a new instrumental flavour emanating from the inclusion of cellos, giant African percussion troups, ethnic flutes...and just the odd smattering of Bristolian trumpetting. The result may hint at a Brian Wilson wall of vocals and the honest song writing style of the likes of Ben Folds or Heather Nova, but a uniquely Portraits-ish tapestry of cellos, flutes, trumpets, electronics and world instruments ensures that the new album is a curiously intoxicating and unique listen.
As with all of our downloads, you set the price and 1/3 of the proceeds go to a school for poor children in Burma.
The Portraits - Kin
'Kin' is the debut album from Anglo-Irish songwriting partners The Portraits. Its 11 highly personal songs use colourful acoustic arrangements and choir-like vocals to present various takes on family, ambition and bereavement. With lyrics at times humerous and at others painfully reflective, this is adult pop with a distinctly theatrical edge. As with all of our downloads, you set the price and 1/3 of the proceeds go to a school for poor children in Burma.