Mainland Break - 'Portland'

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Mainland Break, the Denver, Colorado-based five-piece indie-rock sensation have today released their anticipated debut album ‘One Way Ticket to Midnight'. Alongside this release they also share their spotlight single ‘Portland’ with accompanying music video. With this release the band take listeners on a sonic journey through the night, confronting fleeting and fading memories and the unchangeability of the past.

Speaking of the new single, the band added, "'One Way Ticket to Midnight' takes the listener through a lonely, reflective night that recalls distant friendships, lost love, and missed opportunity. It begins at sundown, with the golden nostalgia of 'Calling After' and builds to the revelry of 'One Way Ticket to Midnight' – set at the height of the night. The album works towards sunrise, but never realises the dawn, and leaves the listener alone and grasping at fading memories.”

The album was the result of a combined effort of unified talent from a range of contributors. It was recorded and produced by Mark Anderson (Sylvan Esso) at Cowboy Cowabunga Recordings and Glory Bird Studios, mixed by the talented Joey Oaxaca (White Reaper, twen, Mamalarky) and mastered by Dave Cooley for Elysian Masters (DIIV, M83). The result is a sonically rich and captivating listening experience that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression on fans of indie rock.

'One Way Ticket To Midnight' includes previous singles ‘One Way Ticket To Midnight’ and ‘Calling After’. The ten-track album takes listeners on an emotive and introspective journey. A sonic experience that will have you clutching at fading memories dissecting the common experiences of fleeting and fading love, the enduring nature of relationships, the uncertainty of the future, and the unchangeability of the past. The album commences at sunset and begins to confront the emotions that linger in the night, ultimately building to a crescendo of the title track before continuing towards a sunset that never arrives.

The second track of the album 'Portland' is released as the spotlight track of the album and provides a glimpse of Mainland Break's sonic and visual journey. The accompanying music video is treated to be reminiscent of old super-8 footage, flickering film and fuzzed out visuals herald the simplicity of the past.

Mainland Break consists of Evan Oliver, Kevin Kohl, Travis Rice, Ian Gassman, and Steven Hennig who come together in a harmonious mix of talent, power and a desire to explore their musicianship. The world was first introduced to them and their sunny indie rock sound with their acclaimed 2019 EP, 'Short Stay'. After a four year hiatus of refining their sonic identity they returned in early 2023 with the title track of their imminent debut EP.

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