While New Haven indie rock duo Ports of Spain have been kicking around the Connecticut music scene for the past decade or so, the two-piece have finally announced their full length debut, Able Archer, and have shared the first piece of new music from it, its title track. It is their first bit of new music since 2015’s Tea Leaf Bloom EP.
First listens indicate that “Able Archer” is a classic extension of Ports of Spain. Starting and ending abruptly, the song features all of the trademark components that fans have come to enjoy from the New Haven band: a locked-in rhythmic chemistry from singer-drummer Sam Carlson and guitar virtuoso Ilya Gitelman, a subtle tension between every multi-parted song movement, and just enough pure rock energy where the music fits in underground punk venues and large-scale stages alike. Coming off the songwriting developments of his debut solo album last year, Carlson sounds matured as both a songwriter and a vocalist, with cryptic lyrical images that resonate on a different level than in the past.
Listen to “Able Archer” by Ports of Spain below: