Discovery: Express Office Portico

Express Office Portico are a Nottingham-based indie pop five piece who have caught my attention through their new single Cosmic Joke.

By Graeme Smith

Feature artwork by Antonio Pacelli

Opening with a laidback percussive groove, Cosmic Joke has a bit of a throwback feel to it. Funk melds with disco and soul sensibilities. What keeps you listening though is the track’s storytelling lyrics, delivered charismatically by frontwoman Tara Freeman.

When pulling together the track, the band were inspired by classic RnB acts like Erykah Badu, Yellow Days, and Steve Lacy, but the main prompt was Bootsy Collins’ I’d Rather Be with You, as well as comedian Bill Hicks.

Express Office Portico were established during the pandemic by artists who just wanted to play but were stuck at home. Since coming out of lockdown, they’ve been making up for lost time, playing a string of gigs and festivals in Nottingham and London.

You can check out Cosmic Joke below.

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