ARTIST:

PORT NOIR

(SWEDEN)
TITLE:

ANY WAY THE WIND CARRIES

(2016)
LABEL:

CENTURY MEDIA RECORDS

GENRE:

ROCK

TAGS:
Groovy, Intimist, Melancholic
"The mixture of sweet melancholic post-metal and muscular pop has everything to arouse the interest of a large audience."
PROGRACER (16.03.2016)  
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Port Noir is a young Swedish band founded in 2011. Their first album, "Plus", released in 2013, aroused a keen critical interest for this promising trio, often compared to Leprous for the immediacy of their modern post-metal and the bright vocal parts that illuminate their music. But in 2015, they took their audience against the grain with an improbable EP, "Neon", with electro-pop hints reminiscent of Kraftwerk. 

Port Noir is never where we expect it and the release of "Any Way The Wind Carries" has something to whet our curiosity. The album includes a dozen post-metal tracks characterized by direct compositions, groovy and heavy riffs, a very expressive voice, effective melodies and subtle arrangements, all imbued with a sweet melancholy. The structure of the titles is direct enough to convey emotions in an immediate way, and the general atmosphere is more towards a supercharged pop.

Most of the tracks are based on mid-tempo rhythms on which Love Andersson's clear voice contributes to accentuate this melancholic atmosphere, but without darkness. While the structure of the tracks is quite simple, Point Noir adorns its compositions with subtle arrangements that break the linearity of the tracks, which follow one another with a fairly natural fluidity. There are many rhythmic breaks and each track contains interesting subtleties.  

The extreme homogeneity of this record prevents more accomplished titles from emerging than the others. The general impression that prevails is the soft sensitivity of the lyrics carried by clear vocals and the conciseness of the subject which comes to an end after 50 minutes without boredom, provided that one does not expect delirious lyrical or instrumental flights of fancy. 'The Oak Crown' is the perfect example of this between the sensitivity of the song and the heavy and melancholic atmosphere. Despite a rather formatted subject, the Swedes hit the nail on the head on many occasions, especially on the first half of the album where the sequence of "You and Us", "Black From The Ink" and "Onyx" immerse the listener in a melancholic and very intimate universe. 

The Swedes do not invent anything but deliver a homogeneous production that is fully in line with their artistic approach. The group's willingness to seek the best ways to convey their emotions through their music is commendable and a guarantee of authenticity. The mixture of sweet melancholic post-metal and muscular pop has everything to arouse the interest of a large audience.


More informations on http://www.portnoir.com



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TRACK LISTING:
01. Any Way The Wind Carries
02. Earth
03. Vous Et Nous
04. Black From The Ink
05. Onyx
06. Diamond
07. Beyond The Pale
08. Fur,Rye
09. Exile
10. The Sleep
11. Come What May
12. The Oak Crown

LINEUP:
Andreas 'aw' Wiberg: Batterie
Andreas Hollstrand: Guitares
Love Andersson: Chant / Guitares
   
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