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The title Autumn Calls is deceptive, as this 4 track EP from Melbourne duo Portal Window is perfect Spring music that will take you right through to the end of Summer with its light and breezy collection of 60s cocktail party confections.
Paola del Rio and Clare Chadderton are the two melancholic maidens behind Portal Window and have been playing together since 2002. Paola also plays with her brother Arturo in Rio de Melodie who specialise in a variety of Latin American, Mexican and Spanish music inspired by their Peruvian background.
You can hear that influence in the songs on this Portal Window cd, especially the title track with its bossa nova rhythm (or is it a samba? who cares! pour me another Tequila Gilberto!) and the sweetest set of female vocals you're likely to hear in this (other) southern land. There doesn't seem to be a chorus, not that it matters, as the whole song is full of catchy melodies and words you'll have memorised in no time.
'Because', a fantastic cover version of a 1964 Dave Clarke Five song follows, which, if you didn't know your 60s platters, you'd swear was a Lennon-McCartney number. The arrangement is pretty similar to the DC5 but is given the 'light and breezy' Portal Window treatment.
All songs were recorded, produced and mixed by Portal Window and they even mention on the sleeve which Melbourne suburbs they were recorded in – Elwood, Cheltenham, Fitzroy and Chadstone. Now that's a lot of share house moving around!
Portal Window plan to release an album, A World For You later this year. Something I'll be tracking down for sure. – ND