Portal Window
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"cds sent to Half A Cow that impressed us..."

The title Autumn Calls is deceptive, as this 4 track EP from Melbourne duo Portal Window is perfect Spring music that will take you right through to the end of Summer with its light and breezy collection of 60s cocktail party confections.

Paola del Rio and Clare Chadderton are the two melancholic maidens behind Portal Window and have been playing together since 2002. Paola also plays with her brother Arturo in Rio de Melodie who specialise in a variety of Latin American, Mexican and Spanish music inspired by their Peruvian background.

You can hear that influence in the songs on this Portal Window cd, especially the title track with its bossa nova rhythm (or is it a samba? who cares! pour me another Tequila Gilberto!) and the sweetest set of female vocals you're likely to hear in this (other) southern land. There doesn't seem to be a chorus, not that it matters, as the whole song is full of catchy melodies and words you'll have memorised in no time.

'Because', a fantastic cover version of a 1964 Dave Clarke Five song follows, which, if you didn't know your 60s platters, you'd swear was a Lennon-McCartney number. The arrangement is pretty similar to the DC5 but is given the 'light and breezy' Portal Window treatment.

All songs were recorded, produced and mixed by Portal Window and they even mention on the sleeve which Melbourne suburbs they were recorded in – Elwood, Cheltenham, Fitzroy and Chadstone. Now that's a lot of share house moving around!

Portal Window plan to release an album, A World For You later this year. Something I'll be tracking down for sure. – ND - Half A Cow records website


Curious EP
Autumn Calls single from forthcoming album



Take a South American girl (made in Peru, produced in Australia); A classical pianist (turned avant garde multi-instrumentalist) and you have yourself a Portal Window.

[Paola likes to rollerskate, Clare likes to knit]
Paola attended Melbourne's renowned, Rock n Roll High School in the 90s playing with young rockers, Midget Stooges.

She then began to write with new concepts and visions in mind. An avid bossa nova fan she took a crash course in bossa nova guitar. Recorded on a 4 track came up with an EP 'Curious'. It included misplaced violins in the disoriented 'Nina Perdida'.

[Paola is tiny, Clare is tall]
Clare (Breakfast of Champions) became involved after meeting through their piano teacher in 2002.

They played the various venues in Melbourne & 2004 saw a residency at the intimate Murmur lounge bar, serenading in a moonlighting setting to loners and lovers. We also took part in the St Kilda Festival program.........................twice! waatch out!

[Paola has dark hair, Clare's is red]
2005 was spent recording an album 'A World For You' still in my computer....ohhhh.

Paola has performed solo in New York City, London, and Portland. Wrote songs in UK, Brazil, France and Italy, woah.

[We have played Badmington once]
2007 Paola mostly performed (drums) in the Soundparticles and guitar with her brother Arturo in Rio de Melodie playing mexican boleros/peruvian folk/spanish indie pop.

Forthcoming album, 'A World For You' will represent a little part of a world thats sits in their heads - a waltz or ragtime anyone?...

[We like silent films and making Blythe clothes]
**Themes include; soundtrack moods, bossa nova/samba rhythms and the usual catchy pop tunes with underlying beats.