Vancouver’s Porteau - comprised of Victoria Williams and Craig Stevenson - is gearing up to release their debut album, Water’s Gate. Of the lates single “Penelope” Victoria says:
Upon seeing a painting of Andromeda by Gustave Doré, we sought out to write music that sounded like the piece of art looked - cold, urgent, yet liberating. A mutual understanding and inspiration was found and became a driving and unifying force. Using this as a catalyst, our debut record – Water’s Gate – naturally revealed itself.
“Penelope,” the album’s latest single, was a direct result of this inspiration and draws on this imagery to explore and unearth personal experience. At a time where I felt powerless in certain relationships, “Penelope” was my way of saying that I could unwind myself from the pain and learn to be at peace with the fact that those I am leaving behind may not be okay.
Water’s Gate tells the story of one’s path to liberation. The album is bookended by mysticism; starting with the first track “Re:Birth” which alludes to a character being born and rising out of the water. The final track, “Moon Maidens” sees this character liberated and ascending into the night sky. Everything in between discusses the challenges and complex relationships we face. “
With their album release set for this month, Porteau is currently playing to audiences in British Columbia, experimenting with their live performance as a duo and a full band. Porteau will be playing their album release show with Harley Small and ursidae on Friday, March 15 at Fox Cabaret in Vancouver, BC. Tickets can be purchased HERE.
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