PORTIER DEAN

FOLK-ROCK
Caen, France

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Portier Dean press photo. Credit: Betty Robbes
Portier Dean press photo. Credit: Betty Robbes

[FR] On avait découvert Portier Dean en 2013 à travers une captation live de leurs morceaux The Rats et Evening Twist. D’un parking en sous-sol on les retrouvait sur le toit quelques minutes plus tard, dominant une ville hors focale. Un mouvement vertical à l’image de leurs compositions, visant sans retenue l’élévation. Des sommets intimistes explorés par des mélodies progressives et changeantes. Transformer, pour avancer vers une suite de scènes où l’introspection se mêle à une esthétique naturaliste.

Portier Dean n’est (presque) pas un personnage de Kerouac comme ils s’amusent à le préciser, ils en portent pourtant le goût de l’errance et des espaces conquis par le hasard. Avec seulement deux EP ils sont parvenus à dessiner une identité musicale singulière, donnant un souffle nouveau au folk contemporain. Leur dernier EP Made of Earth s’inscrit dans la continuité du premier, ajoutant une densité marqué par des morceaux aux guitares amples et à une rythmique en recherche d’espace pour mieux nous surprendre. A l’image de leur artwork animal, le groupe confirme son envie d’envol en nous invitant à les suivre, hors des chemins tracés, à survoler nos ombres. – Mehdi D. Margolin


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Portier Dean – “Made of Earth” EP, 2015

[EN] I first discovered Portier Dean online in 2013, when I came across a video performance of their songs, “The Rats” and “Evening Twist”. At the beginning of the video, the group is shown playing in an underground parking lot. At the end, they are playing on a rooftop, with an out-of-focus town in the background. This transition from ‘down below’ to the ‘up-above’ therefore shows the group (quite literally) ascending, echoing the very sense of upliftment discernible in their compositions. Intimate spaces (the delicate tones) to high summits (the epic build-ups) are explored within their progressive melodies. Their music, as illustrated by the successive scenes in this video performance, places emphasis on the the idea of transformation, of moving forward – of moving inward. This sense of introspection in their music and imagery is also mixed with naturalistic aestheticism.

Portier Dean is not (quite) a character from a Kerouac novel, as they like to point out, although they share the same dedication to wandering and conquering spaces without a map. With only two EPs behind their name, the group have managed to establish themselves a singular musical identity in France, breathing new life into modern folk music. Their most recent EP, Made of Earth, released in 2015, follows in the footsteps of their previous release, but it has an added density that is marked by expansive guitars and rhythms. As such, they seek to create space within their compositions in order to surprise the listener. Much like their animalistic artwork, their music translates their desire to take flight, inviting their listeners to follow, to fly above the beaten path and over our shadows. Translated by Jannike Bergh & Mehdi D. Margolin



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