New Portals have unveiled the video for their new single ‘Cage’. It follows previous singles ‘Stay Here Tonight’, which received support from Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and Huw Stephens, and the highly acclaimed ‘Groove Boy’ which saw the band picked out as The Guardian’s ‘New Band Of The Week’.
Filmed late at night while the city sleeps, the video for ‘Cage’ features a lonely man soliciting a woman walking the streets. After driving through empty roads and exchanging money, they park up in a deserted area before breaking into a breath-taking dance routine, channelling lust and regret in a beautiful ballet of taboo.
‘Cage’ is another synth-pop masterpiece from New Portals. It is a blissful blend of atmospheric melodies and seamless basslines, while the faultless vocal harmonies of members Mike and Ruth Aicken capture the duo’s unique and diverse song-writing abilities.
The Line Of Best Fit who premiered the single said, “Sonically, the duo’s instrumentation on ‘Cage’ is standard synth-pop, but it comes with a subtle twist of vocal augmentations and whacky lyricisms that bring elements of Tom Misch and Gotye to the fore. Despite the comparisons and the genre’s overcrowded space, New Portals still manage to create something bespoke.”
The Irish duo recently played a very special London live show in support of Youth Club in association with 1883 Magazine, enlisting stunning visuals into their enthralling sound. The experience can be caught again at Moira Calling Festival on September 10th.
Pulling elements of R&B, indie and hip hop together, with nods to the likes of Oh Wonder, Jamie xx and Say Lou Lou, their irresistible take on pop has seen them hotly tipped as one of the most exciting new acts emerging from Ireland.