Monument

Portico Quartet

Monument

Seventh album from the London group, melding electronica, experimental jazz, dance and rock

ADM rating[?]

7.1

Label
Gondwana
UK Release date
12/11/2021
US Release date
12/11/2021
  1. 8.0 |   Mojo

    It's the push and pull between Duncan Bellamy's mantric hang-drums and Jack Wyllie's floating sax lines that ensure these widescreen creations feel so vividly full of life. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   Clash

    A precise and stylistically thought out album that feels like a controlled acceleration into better times
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  3. 7.7 |   Spectrum Culture

    If Philip Glass were to allow himself the use of some studio trickery to better tug on listeners’ heart strings, the Portico Quartet would be one likely outcome
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  4. 7.0 |   musicOMH

    Sitting somewhere between the propulsive modern jazz of labelmates GoGo Penguin and the soaring, experimental electronica of acts like Fuck Buttons, Monument is another addition to what’s becoming one of the most quietly consistent back catalogues in UK instrumental music
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  5. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A dynamic and punchy record that finds the band sounding comfortable yet unpredictable as they immerse themselves more in electronic sounds. Print edition only

  6. 7.0 |   The Quietus

    Each track on the album takes on a different texture: Some highlight lush saxophone melodies and laid-back rhythms; others hang in the air with dreamy stillness. Monument sounds best in these moments of subtle variation, when it gently switches course but doesn’t lose broad-stroked tranquillity
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  7. 6.6 |   Pitchfork

    On its second album of 2021, the London group fastidiously projects electronic music, pop, and jazz through the twin prisms of post-rock and classical minimalism
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