Captivating, ethereal and majestic, Mammal Hands (saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer and percussionist Jesse Barrett) has carved out a refreshingly original sound from a disparate array of influences: drawing on spiritual jazz, north Indian, folk and classical music to create something inimitably their own. Hailing from Norwich, one of Britain's most isolated and most easterly cities, they have forged their own path away from the musical mainstream and their unique sound grew out of long improvised rehearsals. All three members contibute equally to the writing process: one that favours the creation of a powerful group dynamic over individual solos. Their records are entrancing and beautiful affairs, while their hypnotic live shows have seen them hailed as one of the most exciting bands in Europe as they push their unique line-up to the outer limits of its possibilities.
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Portico summon up a reflective and melancholy mood, their trademark sax sound - gliding between sombre mystery and freewheeling discordance - and hang resonances increasingly following an empowered electronic beat: their career trajectory feels like an extended power struggle within the band, and the idea of trance-like rhythms is increasingly (although still subtly) present. Tom Colquhoun
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I was resistant to this at first, as I thought it to be too much the same as Memory Streams. But this combination of instruments and writing style is always going to have this unique sound to it, and further listens reveal a lot of new territory, a great and enjoyable reach for Portico Quartet. rvss.eel