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Love in Winter

Electronic/Electropop

Seductive new single from New Portals captures electronic feel of late-night tension.

 

There’s a certain point on a night out that things become a bit of an emotional blur, usually lost somewhere between fondness, tension, love and confusion. While there is little to make sense of during this period, if there was ever a song to soundtrack that feeling it is WinterSkin by New Portals.

Aside from the vibes of euphoric confusion, the latest offering from the electronic duo is the perfect example of how an electronic track should build. Opening with little more than a sultry vocal and a ticking over rhythm section, it soon builds to a jackhammer synth and a sharper rhythmic tone, as well as the odd smatterings of a reverberated guitar. Yet, for as good as this build is, it’s the vocals that make the track excel. The delivery is stunningly seductive and subdued, catching a good balance between boldly sensual and sweetly vulnerable. Combine this with a simple, yet disarmingly good, chorus hook and New Portals are onto a winner.

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