New Portals release video for new single ‘Chasing Shade’

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New Portals release video for new single ‘Chasing Shade’

“It’s a moving, sonically beautiful return” – Clash
“‘Chasing Shade’ is certainly a classy cut worthy of everyone’s attention.” – The Line Of Best Fit


Belfast duo New Portals have released the video for their brand new single ‘Chasing Shade’. The new single is the latest to be taken from their recently released Golden HourEP.
The video premiered today with Clash who said, “The pair’s songwriting has a floral, pastoral quality, melodically easy on the ear while continually cutting a little deeper. New single ‘Chasing Shade’ is the perfect example. The duo’s voices intermingle, before tumbling down into a supple bath of electronics.”
‘Chasing Shade’ is a moving ballad from New Portals, with reverberating pianos and a solemn drum roll laying the foundations for the pair’s beautiful harmonies.
Regarding the video New Portals’ Mike Aicken says, “We shot the music video for ‘Chasing Shade’ opportunistically over the summer, in our practice space, the side streets surrounding our house in east Belfast and in some of the Game of Thrones backdrops in the “leadmines” of Newtownards. It features a burnt-out car, something that was a familiar sight from my childhood. The video also features our daughter, Freiah-Beth, dancing in the rain and under broken gutters on a typical Northern-Irish filming day. We actually decided to film ourselves whilst we were filming it, then ended up preferring the ‘B-roll’!”


The new single is the latest single to be taken from the Golden Hour EP, following the release of ‘Sober’, which takes things on a more electronic tip, with delicate synths paired with a 4/4 beat. The EP also features the lush lounging indie of ‘Do It Right’ and the mellow R&B-tinged ‘Locked Down’.
On the Golden Hour EP the band say, “This is our most honest and delicate release to date. We’ve tackled issues that aren’t necessarily in vogue. Discontent, sobriety, dissatisfaction. Production on the Golden Hour EP turned out differently from what we had envisioned. We booked studio time to make a simple acoustic record but couldn’t get away from adding in some synths and vibey electric guitar, so we just went with it. The EP ended up as a blend between folk and electronica.”


The Golden Hour EP follows the release of the band’s debut EP Stereo earlier this year, which was met with great acclaim from the likes of the Metro, The Guardian, Dork Magazine, Line Of Best Fit, Missguided, Pretty 52, 1883, Galore, Pop Dust and many more.
New Portals have also received strong support from BBC Radio 1, with Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens particularly big champions of the band at the station. They’ve been featured in a host of high profile Spotify playlists and receive regular in-store rotation at a number of leading UK high street brands too.
New Portals are celebrating the release of their new EP with a live show in Londontomorrow at The Crowndale, Camden on November 10th.

“One of the finest R&B-tinged male-female duos we’ve heard since AlunaGeorge”
The Guardian

“New Portals look to take pop to the next level”
“It’s banger o’clock, guys.”
Dork Magazine
“The strength of New Portals lies in their unflinching willingness to sharpen their fangs on some of life’s most devastating and pivotal moments.”
Pop Dust

“[New Portals] tracks should definitely be on your weekend playlist” 
“They’re certainly ones to watch” 
Pretty 52
“Ireland’s hottest new artists” 

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