Back in 2012, a little-known act going by the name of Port St. Willow released a debut album called Holiday.
It turned out to be the work of one man, Nicholas Principe and it was so beguilingly beautiful that it attracted the attention of Brian Eno - someone who knows a thing or two about making minimal music which can tug on the heartstrings.
Upon hearing Principe's falsetto you couldn't help but think of The Antlers, and so it came as no surprise to learn that Pete Silberman was a childhood friend, and sometime collaborator, of the Port St. Willow man. Yet the music of Holiday was no lifeless carbon copy of Silberman's band; build around understated rhythms, ambient patterns and textures, and threaded together by Principe's heavenly voice Holiday was intended to be a "one-piece" listen: no single entry points, no easing yourself in. You had to give yourself wholly to the record, but it was completely worth it.
Port St. Willow return this week with new album Syncope, released through Principe's own label People Teeth. Once again it's intended to be listened to as a whole piece, pausing only to turn the vinyl to side B should this stream send you running to the record stores to buy a physical copy. And it really should. It's once again a stunning and moving piece of work which features Silberman - and Will Epstein of High Water - on lead track "Ordinary Pleasure", and there's a focus on improvisation which gives Syncope an intimate, live feel.
Listen to Syncope - exclusively here on Best Fit as one flowing piece of music - below.
Syncope is out 20th November on People Teeth.