The Portraits' simple observations of adult life from the perspective of those that have loved, lost, travelled, had children and laughed about it all, make for a cosy brand of acoustic pop with beautiful harmonies and folk and world music tinges.
"The Blushing Of A World In White" is the album the Millingtons have been waiting years to write. An ensemble of 12 alternately heartbreaking and witty songs about real lives built around haunting piano lines, raw strings, orchestral instruments, ethnic voices and percussion, and most notably, the duo's trademark vocals, near choral in style, layered and pained in harmony with a distinctive nod to the 70s, Brian Wilson and Clannad. This is the culmination of a decade's songwriting partnership and a life-time of shared experiences.
Along with a larger band of string players, sax and percussionist, a remarkable Spanish vocalist, Belen Martin Miguez, joins The Portraits on certain dates during their forthcoming tour, bringing to their live set a new worldy flavour, as well as cowriting and singing on several songs on the album.
"The Portraits blend sophistication with simplicity; a classical mien with modern mores on The Blushing Of A World In White. Infused with musical and rhythmic influences drawn from at least four continents, The Portraits create thought-provoking works of art in song. The Blushing Of A World In White doesn't so much mark a change for The Portraits as it does the next step in their inevitable development. The create force majeure comprised of Lorraine Reilly and Jeremy Millington is destined to never rest in their search for new creative avenues in music. It's for that reason that The Portraits always sound fresh and inspired. This is a must-have album."
WILDY'S WORLD, May 2010
THE CD VERSION COMES IN AN IMPRESSIVE DIGIPAK WITH FULL COLOUR REMOVABLE 12 page BOOKLET WITH PHOTOGRAPHY AND ARTWORK SPECIALLY CREATED BY LORRAINE
01 The Writer (4:35)
02 Strong (5:12)
03 Undo (3:24)
04 Only Our Friends We Choose (5:31)
05 Liberty (5:11)
06 Queens Of Ice (3:30)
07 Our Time (3:53)
08 I Am Made Queen (3:23)
09 Colours (4:27)
10 Click Click Click (4:13)
11 Bago Girl (3:45)
12 Old Stone Table (6:15)