By request, I am doing a Portishead Top 10 this week. When it was first requested (Thank you, Ryan), I thought for certain that I’d done one before, but this morning I searched through 7 years of posts, and I’ve surprisingly not done a Top Portishead list. That said, there are a plethora of Song of the Days and Playlists with their Songs in them, enough to showcase just how much I love their Music and Beth Gibbons voice.
Portishead, and specifically the Song “Sour Times”, were my first introduction to Trip Hop. I fell hard and fast for the Sound and it soon became one of my Favorite Music Genres.
Truly some of the most sensual, seductive, and downright sexy Music has come from the ethereal avant-garde trip hop Sounds of Portishead. Their Music feels like a delicious blend of Jazz, Acid House, Cabaret, Electronica, and New Romantic that have all come together to soothe and seduce the world. Their Songs have definitely done both for me – soothed and seduced.
“Sour Times” was the first Song I ever heard from Portishead. I heard it through a long-distance telephone call, the phone on the other line held up to a speaker, the Music turned up loud, and both of us, miles away from each other, were holding our breath. If I remember right you said the Song reminded you of me.
At the time, I took it as a compliment. I was touched by the comparison. Later, when things soured between us, I wondered if you said that all your “sour times” girls.
Beth Gibbons voice is breathtaking, and at times, completely unnerving. Its hard not to be moved by Portishead’s chill-inducing Music, and it’s hard to resist the urge to fall into someone’s arms while their Albums play as Soundtrack.