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Maybe The Portland Groove is a city. Blue traffic-lights, food carts , neon, love, loneliness, technology – a city reflected in the middle of a vast ocean. The music juxtaposes tradition and intense knowledge of musical tools, with destruction, invention… oblique melding transitions. I like to think of our music as dreamy, but not always in a pleasant way. Some songs are emotional and some more free and naive.Meditation is difficult to maintain in our hyper-connected world. A daily symphony of honking cars, whirring fans, buzzing refrigerators, grinding espresso machines, crying newborns and myriad other cacophonies fill our overstuffed noggins with mind-melting noise.
But what if you could weave those seemingly disparate textures of life into a single blanket of calm groove?
Well, it’s not easy (like, at all, man) — but The Portland Groove are doing just that. The experimental group’s upcoming album ‘Collective,’ due out Sept. 17 on Hasketron Records, employs countless tracks of layered instermentation and percussion that, on their own, would sound like unnecessary noise. But like makers of damn good stew, the band manages to meld Middle Eastern tones and American primitivism into a mystic jus.
Their single ‘Gleepy Pod,’ which Diffuser.fm is pleased to premiere, rolls along with a consistent drone of strings and pump organ while guitar player / keybordest Jimi Hasket conjures bittersweet locrian melodies. It’s a consistently peaceful track, despite its intensity.
Next time you find yourself faced with all those extraneous noises from the street — your chirping phone, the clumsy upstairs neighbor, your mom — turn up The Portland Groove. Or a blender.