12:41pm Friday 30th March 2012
By Paul Rhodes
TIMED seemingly to perfection, this lovely pop album is as refreshing as March sunlight through mist.
Having created a commercial stir earlier in their career, James Mercer’s outfit seemed to disappear for a while.
The Albequerque indie band has subsequently gone through a number of changes, shedding band members and their Sub-pop label but the change has done them good.
Perhaps it is Richard Swift’s melodic influence on keyboards, but Port of Morrow finds the band in its best form for some time.
Clearly revelling in the new studio incarnation, the production is warm and sumptuous, the song writing clever, without being too irritating or affected and full of hooks.
As a whole this sits comfortably in its own skin. The sound is like spring; fresh and new yet familiar. Highly recommended.
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