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New Portals release video for new single ‘Chasing Shade’

Belfast duo New Portals have released the video for their brand new single ‘Chasing Shade’. The new single is the latest to be taken from their recently released Golden Hour EP.

The video premiered today with Clash who said, “The pair’s songwriting has a floral, pastoral quality, melodically easy on the ear while continually cutting a little deeper. New single ‘Chasing Shade’ is the perfect example. The duo’s voices intermingle, before tumbling down into a supple bath of electronics.”

‘Chasing Shade’ is a moving ballad from New Portals, with reverberating pianos and a solemn drum roll laying the foundations for the pair’s beautiful harmonies.

Regarding the video New Portals’ Mike Aicken says, “We shot the music video for ‘Chasing Shade’ opportunistically over the summer, in our practice space, the side streets surrounding our house in east Belfast and in some of the Game of Thrones backdrops in the “leadmines” of Newtownards. It features a burnt-out car, something that was a familiar sight from my childhood. The video also features our daughter, Freiah-Beth, dancing in the rain and under broken gutters on a typical Northern-Irish filming day. We actually decided to film ourselves whilst we were filming it, then ended up preferring the ‘B-roll’!”


The new single is the latest single to be taken from the Golden Hour EP, following the release of ‘Sober’, which takes things on a more electronic tip, with delicate synths paired with a 4/4 beat. The EP also features the lush lounging indie of ‘Do It Right’ and the mellow R&B-tinged ‘Locked Down’.

On the Golden Hour EP the band say, This is our most honest and delicate release to date. We’ve tackled issues that aren’t necessarily in vogue. Discontent, sobriety, dissatisfaction. Production on the Golden Hour EP turned out differently from what we had envisioned. We booked studio time to make a simple acoustic record but couldn’t get away from adding in some synths and vibey electric guitar, so we just went with it. The EP ended up as a blend between folk and electronica.”

New Portals are celebrating the release of their new EP with a live show in London tomorrow at The Crowndale, Camden on November 10th.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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