Review: Port Cities – Port Cities
Made up of Breagh MacKinnon, Carleton Stone and Dylan Guthro, the debut album from the trio more commonly known as Port Cities, has finally arrived, and certainly lives up to the rather high expectations that started building several months back.
The single “Back To The Bottom” makes for a strong start, which continues with the toe-tappingly upbeat “Don’t Say You Love Me.” Blending both sultry, almost soulful vocals with a rough, more rebellious rock edge, “In The Dark” is a highlight, although not by much of a margin as there really isn’t a weak number to be found on the entire album.
Love plays a big part on and in the album and nowhere is this more evident than through “Sound Of Your Voice”. It’s a shame Valentine’s Day has come and gone, as this would work as a gorgeous backing track to a romantic evening, but putting that aside, it’s also one of those songs that can and does make you think about that special someone in your life, and how even just their voice, means so much to you.
“Where Have You Been”, addressing the feeling of being absent and others being absent in your life, is, in some respects, darker than many of the songs that come before and after it – however, the punch it brings is a much needed one and adds tone and depth to the collection. Closer “Astronaut” rather appropriately leaves listeners feeling a little in awe at the reality of how small each and every one of us is in compared to the world and the universe we’re a part of. It’s a song about the power of dreamers and dreams and a reminder to all of us to not let them get away from us.
The collection as a whole works as a soundtrack to chilled-out evenings alone at home, parties with friends and summer drives down the motorway with the wind in your hair. With such versatility, both lyrical and instrumental, displayed through each track, it’s an easy, but early contender for album of the year.