SOAS University of London

Critically acclaimed band that met at SOAS release new album

8 April 2015

Portico, the three piece band that met at SOAS, University of London, has released its latest album Living Fields.


The band consists of members Jack Wyllie (soprano and tenor saxophone), Duncan Bellamy (drums), and Milo Fitzpatrick (double bass) who all met while studying ethnomusicology with SOAS’ Department of Music.

The group was originally known as Portico Quartet and, as the names suggests, included a fourth member, another SOAS alumnus, Nick Mulvey, who has since left the band to pursue a successful solo career (he was nominated in last year’s Mercury Prize Award for his album First Mind). Portico Quartet has also been nominated for the coveted music prize, back in 2008 for their album Knee-Deep in the North Sea.

The current band, whose music is a beguiling blend of electronica, jazz and folk music, are about to embark on an extensive tour of the UK and Europe. See their website for dates/tickets.

Living Fields was released on Ninja Tune record label last month and can be purchased on iTunes or streamed on Spotify or Deezer. The latest album, which the band considers a debut, includes three collaborations with Alt-J’s Joe Newman.