TOTD: PORT Of Est. Delve Deeper With Psychedelic Single “Clash”
After I stumbled across this bewildering duo from Portland, Maine a few weeks back, PORT Of Est. has quickly become one of the most intriguing bands of 2016 for me. Comprised of the hauntingly beautiful vocals of singer Hannah Tarkinson and the metamorphic beats of producer Todd Kitchens, PORT Of Est. is a refreshing foray into the unknown. The group’s first single of the year, “Valentine In My Headphones,” certainly caught my attention and now the twosome has followed up with an even more enigmatic track, “Clash.”
“Clash” is vibrant tune encased in a cocoon of raw artistic honesty. As the track opens up, we are greeted by what makes this group so enticing. Kitchen’s renegade drums gives “Clash” a powerful heartbeat right out of the gate, as Tarkinson’s ethereal voice blooms into life. The mingling of these two elements set up a beautiful platform for this heart-wrenching tune. Hypnotic lyrics give way to a cinematic piano melody, laced with even more elaborate percussion.
As distorted vocals bounce to and fro through the speakers, “Clash” begins to take on an even more psychedelic element. In this latest single PORT Of Est. expand even further on their delightful sound, adding a deeper more visceral tone to their repertoire. There is a solemnity lurking within the depths of “Clash” that greatly reminds me of another one of my favorite bands, Hundred Waters.
Kitchen’s willingness to explore and experiment with sonic textures is what gives Tarkinson the medium to break the listener’s heart. What I enjoy most about PORT Of Est. is the undeniable sense of purpose in their music. Nothing in any of their songs feels contrived or added as a place holder. Every tone hit by Kitchen and every note sung by Tarkinson feels like it carries a distinct weight and meaning. In the end, what you receive is a song like “Clash,” where the listener is left in a clear and distinguishable state of mind that they were not in prior. PORT Of Est. have the uncanny ability to melt away space and time around you, allowing the listener to get lost in the music.
Both “Clash” and “Valentine In My Headphones” are precursors to a full length release that will be on the way from this exciting duo. You can be sure that when the album drops we will be covering it. I can’t wait to see what this twosome has in store for the future.