(Holiday and SXSW 2017 flavoured!) Video of the Moment #2247: New Portals

By on Friday, 16th December 2016 at 10:00 am

Belfast husband-and-wife alt-pop duo New Portals (aka Mike and Ruth Aicken) announced last week on their Facebook page that they’ve been tapped as showcasing artists for SXSW 2017. Almost immediately, the pair followed their “Facebook official” announcement with a new and seasonally-appropriate single titled ‘Winter Skin’.

Though the drum machines, hard-edged synths and double-tracked vocals of track itself are unequivocally modern, the promo video for ‘Winter Skin’ is facetiously packaged on YouTube as a documentary video from 1979. In reality, the vintage footage of skiers fighting through harsh weather conditions was prepared by the Aickens’ young daughter Freiah-Beth, and was then overlaid with the song’s lyrics displayed in a contemporary stylised typeface.


Just after the video was dropped online, New Portals announced a remix of ‘Winter Skin’ by Northern Irish producer Aidan Sheppard, known professionally as FVRY. FVRY’s treatment is crisper and cleaner than the original, with a radiant sparkle in the keyboards. Its added instrumental emphasis on the song’s chorus, “and does this feel alright with you / it hurts a little each time you say it”, provides a much-needed musical hook to the more subdued (dare I say chill?) original arrangement.

Stay tuned to TGTF for more on New Portals as we begin our preview coverage of SXSW 2017. As always, any information we bring you about SXSW 2017 is to the best of our knowledge when it posts, and the artist lineup is subject to change. For news and updates on SXSW 2017, please consult the festival’s official schedule here.

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