Boomkat Product Review:
Debut album from Genoa-based multi guitar collective Port Royal, a band so eager to spread their sound that they stretch the 78 minute CD recording limit to breaking point. Very much in the Manual school of grand post-rock, Port Royal seem to have a dizzyingly expansive remit that will appeal to anyone bewitched by Sigur Ros, Jonas Munk or even Ulrich Schnauss, fashioning gloriously hued sunset music which positively bursts with aural paroxysms. Opening with the ambient hearted 'Jeka', Port Royal draw you deep into their horizon-less world through gauze coated vocals that sit just out of reach before treating us to a 10 minute open vista on 'Spetsnaz - Paul Leni'. However, Port Royal save their truly epic visions for two compositions that consist of three movements each, straddling as many tracks. The first of these ('Zobiong') is a genuinely grin-inducing journey that suggests a similar recording dictum to that of Triosk, but with wildly differing aural results. Encompassing electronica, IDM, post rock and any other stravaig movement you like to mention 'Zoboing' combines the kinetic optimism of Mogwai's 'Rock Action' with Cocteau drums and crackling machine beats into a confection that is neither too sweet nor too bitter. It’s just occurred to me yet again what a great label resonant is – and this is a simply fabulous release. Highly Recommended.