Nettwerk Signs Folktronica Songwriter from Australia. - Portair: Paper In The Sky
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posted 09 Feb 2021 by Krister Axel
Brings together an instinct for pop-inspired electronica with the roots of acoustic folk, and delivers an eclectic punch of earthy groove next to an alluring lyrical narrative.

Australian songwriter and producer Portair has had his music featured on networks such as Netflix, NBC, MTV, and CBS. After moving to Los Angeles, he decided to start a new project — something organic, which could funnel his creative passion into a single, cohesive art form.

Portair's vocal performance feels both bright and delicate, as the prominent acoustic guitar intertwines with layers of vocal harmony and elements of percussion that include tablah, handclaps, and snare drum. The result is a complex but sparing arrangement that showcases the best of what Portair has to offer: a unique and personal musical sensibility that combines gorgeous melody with a flair for dreamy nostalgia. New single "Paper In The Sky" brings together an instinct for pop-inspired electronica with the roots of acoustic folk, and delivers an eclectic punch of earthy groove next to an alluring lyrical narrative.

We used to race drops of rain
On the glass inside a car
Built model trains and paper planes
Just to see how fast and far
They could go

It is always difficult writing such personal things and knowing the people closest to me will speculate that they played a part in that. For me, this is a cathartic outlet. I hope it can be that for other people, too. — Portair

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Paris, France. Madison, Wisconsin. Los Angeles. Ashland, Oregon. Ottawa. I write music, I write about music, and I write code. See also: photography, prose, podcasting. I have 1 gorgeous wife, 2 amazing kids, and many interests.


Recent Awards: 2020 ND (Photo) Honorable Mention, 2020 Accenti Writing Contest Finalist


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