Todd Whisler - Portland CD - Free Shipping
Comprised of three separate sets of songs, Portland could more accurately be called “pastiche.” It is one part concept album, one part reclamation project and one part new songs that occur during the making of any album as the path materializes. Yet Portland manages to be much more than the sum of its parts. Inspired by the stripped down, acoustic approach epitomized by Carolyn and Love Is A Song, Portland eschews distorted electric guitars and over the top synthesizers in favor of acoustic guitar, piano, cello, violin, saxophone, trumpet and the rarely used bass clarinet. Augmented by lush backing vocal arrangements with occasional symphonic flourishes, Portland leads the listener down a myriad of roads that collectively embrace the widest possible range of textures and emotions. It is an album that can mean nothing and everything simultaneously.