Belfast duo New Portals have revealed the video for new single ‘Stereo’, the title track of their forthcoming debut EP out March 10th. The video premiered with leading US culture site Galore.
The video sees New Portals’ frontwoman Ruth Aicken leading a staccato dance routine through woodland and coastline, to her hushed coos in ‘Stereo’. The single looks back at the blossoming first steps of young love, alongside crisp synths, experimental electronics and the band’s irresistible indie charm.
Regarding the new single and video, New Portals say, “We’ve gone more ‘pop’ than usual for this one – we’re experimenting. It’s a nostalgic reflection on love, and whether or not it’s worth it. Originally, we wrote it for a teenager to sing – then decided that we’ll just keep pretending to be teenagers ourselves. The video is a simple visual interpretation of high school love.”
‘Stereo’ is the title track of the band’s debut EP, which features a collection of chilled indie/electronica from the duo. ‘Sunshine’ gleams with a Balearic-tinge ripe for late nights or early mornings, while the band get deeper with dark, dubby electronics on ‘Move So Slow’. Elsewhere, ‘Fill Me Up’ finds New Portals nodding to 80s pop with a cavernous icy ballad, while the highly acclaimed 2016 single ‘Groove Boy’ finishes the EP.
Following the release of a string of stunning songs last year, New Portals were championed in a number of high profile end of year lists and tips for 2017, including The Guardian who listed their single ‘Stay Here Tonight’ in their ‘Top Tracks Of 2016’ critic’s choice selection.
New Portals also received support from Radio 1 with Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens becoming big champions of the band. They’ve made a host of playlists at Spotify, receive regular in-store rotation at a number of leading UK high street brands and recently featured in the soundtrack for feature film She Has A Name.
Following a tour of the US last year, New Portals are now proving themselves internationally, and return to the States in March to play a number of shows at SXSW.
New Portals have developed into one of the most promising and highly acclaimed new acts to come from Ireland today. With the forthcoming release of their debut EP Stereo, the band are set to cement themselves as one of the Emerald Island’s most cherished exports.