‘Lions And Butterflies’
RELEASE DATE: 2ND OCTOBER 2015
Format: 1CD & Digital Download
Cat # (SPCD006)
'TWO THOUSAND VOICES' FOLK BAND'S ROARING NEW D.I.Y. ALBUM
Independent alternative folk band The Portraits, who reached the iTunes chart in January with a charity song which featured the voices of two thousand members of the British public, have announced the release of a new album which is 'home-made' in every sense of the term.
The band toured the UK in 2014 recording voices and collecting contributors' names for their single 'The Rest Of Time', whose aim was to increase numbers on the bone marrow donor registry. The record was championed by BBC Radio 2 and is one of eleven tracks on their new collection 'Lions And Butterflies' which the band have produced entirely by themselves, shunning studio time in favour of recording in vans, backstage at gigs and even on a ferry, on laptops and iPhones.
“Our music takes us on the road constantly” says singer and guitarist Lorraine Reilly Millington, “so it made sense for us to record our album on the move. Beautiful strings reverberate with the sounds of our lives, from birds outside the window, to door bells - you have to listen closely, but they are there. The new album is a heartfelt musical snapshot of who we are.”
The only time a studio was used was during the final mastering at London's Close To The Edge facility with renowned producer Jon Astley, famed for work with Eric Clapton and Deborah Harry.
With a recurring theme of the dominance over individuals by greater powers beyond their control, the new album’s lyrical content ranges from reflections on the legacy of the empirical actions of our ancestors to political oppression in Russia via a song about a personal battle with an anxiety disorder.
“This is the strongest music I've heard from The Portraits to date,” said DJ Tom Robinson on his BBC 6 Music show about 'The Rest Of Time', adding “it's always gratifying when musicians you meet and like turn out to make excellent music!”