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Finalists in Belgian magazine Humo’s Rock Rally 2016 and winners of broadcaster Studio Brussel’s ‘De Nieuwe Lichting’ 2018. Their packed festival agenda took them all over the country this summer, with appearances at Dranouter, Boomtown, OLT Rivierenhof, Crammerock, Leffingeleuren, and so on. And now they’re about to go on a real club tour, including AB, Het Depot, Trix, etc. Many of the venues were sold out months in advance. So, there’s no question that up-and-coming indie band Portland - they call their music ‘dreampop’ – is one to watch.

The band doesn’t even have a debut album on the shelves yet, but the group is certainly not unknown in the media. ‘Pouring Rain’, their debut single, got more than a million streams on Spotify, under their own management, and was on Flanders’s most popular hit lists – like VOX and De Afrekening – for weeks. They rapidly followed it with a subtle rework of Alt-J’s ‘Matilda’, a casual cover that gained popularity faster than expected and eventually made it as a successful second single.

Their rise in popularity didn’t go unnoticed and last summer Portland proudly teamed up with Belgian label [PIAS]. Now at last the first finished product from that partnership is coming out. Their latest achievement, a new single, bears a title that says it all: ‘Lucky Clover’. The band worked with producer David Poltrock (Hooverphonic, Triggerfinger, etc.) to make this emotional, dreamy and subtle piece of harmonic prose, whose greatest strength is the harmonies and interaction between front duo Jente Pironet and Sarah Pepels. The number is taken straight from Jente’s life and answers a wholehearted ‘yes’ to terms like ‘autobiographical’, ‘dreamy’ and ‘authentic’. You get the idea that the song is most probably the result of a very painful love story. Although the band doesn’t want to say anything about that and wants listeners to feel it for themselves. In any case, it’s clear that Portland has achieved at least one good thing with ‘Lucky Clover’: they’ve turned a painful experience into something beautiful.

Portland - Pouring Rain (live)

Portland - Moonlit