Monday 18 January 2016


GenresInstrumetal / Punk / Math Rock / Post-Rock / Prog Rock / Post-Hardcore / Post-Metal / Ambient / Experimental
Related artistsShelflife.
CountryCopenhagen DENMARK
Years Active2011-present
Song: "Uncle Genie"
Album: "Chronopoly"
Year: 2012
For fans ofFinger Of God, Omega Massif, Pelican, Ornaments, Gifts From Enola, Russian Circles, 5ive, This City Called Earth, Goonies Never Say Die, Tomydeepestego, Black Clouds, Mogwai, Merridew, Mono, Shy, Low, Soda Lane, Ahleuchatistas and Glasir.
Label(s): Self Released / Suburban / Small Pond Recordings
This post's artist is from the November 2015 Mix. This is track #10.
You can download: the January Mix#1 right here or get the new February 2016 Mix#2 here.

The mathy, playful instrumetal band TOWN PORTAL from Denmark first caught my attention with 'Chronopoly' and as readers of the blog may well be aware, I love me some good instrumetal. The band has released three albums, all of which clock in at over 30 minutes and bear strong resemblances to Pelican, Gifts From Enola, Russian Circles and Tomydeepestego. Every release has it's own slight variation on the TOWN PORTAL sound. The earlier stuff from 'Vacuum Horror' is more or less slower and a little wider in scope. The sophomore 'Chronopoly' stepped up the mathy bits and had a chuggy flow to it. 2015's 'The Occident' has a very groovy vibe and an excellent juxtaposition of serene melodies, mathy mayhem and thick lows. "Yes Golem" is ripe with Pelican juices while "World Core and Peripheral Islands" reminds me of Gifts From Enola and This City Called Earth. If you like any of the aforementioned bands get on this, the new album especially!



2011 - Vacuum Horror digitalEP (stream/donate/download here)

2012 - Chronopoly 12"LP (stream/buy here)

2015 - The Occident cd/12"LP (stream/buy here)


(2015) TOWN PORTAL - "Yes Golem" (from 'The Occident') official video from Small Pond Session

(2015) TOWN PORTAL - "World Core and Peripheral Islands" (from 'The Occident')

(2015) TOWN PORTAL - "Eschaton" (from 'The Occident')

(2012) TOWN PORTAL - "Uncle Genie" (from 'Chronopoly')

(2011) TOWN PORTAL - "Rosini" (from 'Vacuum Horror')


TOWN PORTAL additional links



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