John Terra

John Terra by de portables


About the Album

Postpsych, sleezepop, frietfolk… any attempt to categorize the musical output of de portables will necessarily fail and at best generate a new entry in The Oxford Dictionary of Music. So what can we say about the seventh full-length album of these elder youngsters from The Vlaanders?

That it’s been mostly recorded – once again – in their cosy refuge in Hainaut, Belgium’s most underrated province.That during these recordings they discovered in a drawer some postage stamp-shaped leftovers from a 1969 psych party that made them circling and twirling towards the certainty of a black hole.And that these very same substances inspired them to dedicate the album to a loyal friend and companion who’s been backing them up for a long time now: Mr. John Terra. De portables invite you to join Terra on his wondrous camping trips to Danish ghost harbours and sandy beaches ruled by oversexed gurus, while whistling mathrock anthems and declaring war on Sunday drivers along the way.

“John Terra”, while moving in more directions than a breakdancing hyperkinetic with multiple personality disorder, is a surprisingly coherent record. More than its critically acclaimed predecessor “Topless is More”. And it is without a doubt the most direct and spontaneous album by de portables to date. Also – being their first vinyl release ever – “John Terra” is their shortest album yet, containing several songs that clock in under the three minute mark.

This new-found conciseness partly results from another internal decision: to abandon all digital looping techniques. Cutting and pasting were strictly reserved for the papercraft workshops during which all band members created the artwork.These workshops were led by de portables’ charming chauffeur Carmen “Carman” Norman and intended to revive the psychedelic paper sceneries from quintessential Dutch children’s TV series as De Fabeltjeskrant, Paulus De Boskabouter and Bolke De Beer.



# Gerald Mar 7, 2010 at 10.57 am

A german comment from Lower Bavaria:
John Terra ist rund, trifft mit jedem Stück und als ganzes ins Schwarze. John Terra begleitet das Leben. John Terra: das beste Album in 2010 und das beste De Portables-Album überhaupt. Ein Klassiker! Verschenkt es an gute und an schlechte Freunde! Die schlechten macht es besser und den guten hilft es, das Leben zu verlängern.
Thank you very much!!!

# Hendrik Mar 8, 2010 at 12.52 am

♥ Lower Bavaria too smile

Thanks Gerard

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