If you've never listened to Portico Quartet before, do yourself the favor.
My little sister got me hooked on this modern ethnic jazz-fusion quartet after seeing them perform in Paris several years ago.
The London-based group brings a level of chilled out intricacy and creativity to their sound that is exciting and refreshingly current.
The contemporary combo of soprano saxophone, acoustic bass and drums is taken to new sonic heights through the use of digital drum effects and an instrument called the hang. The hang is a style of lap drum, with a shell-like appearance that sounds similar to a steel drum and metallaphone.
That rhythm combo sets a deep and unique groove to Portico Quartet's cinematically-noir experimentalism.
Smoldering squelches of exotic sax sweep over the foundation in heartbreaking waves.
Portico Quartet are set to release their third full-length album in early 2012.
The first song released from the upcoming self-titled effort is called "Ruins" and it sounds as strong as anything I've heard from the band to-date.
The track is currently available as a FREE download at www.PorticoQuartet.com
Watch the video to "Ruins" below to see the band creating their unique sound: