Alternative Songwriter Portair Shares New EP Feat. VÈRITÉ & WYNNE; Announces Tour

February 24, 2023 BY Jason Currell

Australian-born and Los Angeles-based artist, Portair, shares his new EP, Learning How To Die. The record features buzzy New York artist Vérité, Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling songwriter, artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist WYNNE, and Los Angeles singer-songwriter Emily James. Written and recorded in the desert, the landscape helped shape the record that faces some of life’s biggest questions.

He explains, “I went to Joshua Tree National Park, and it’s open land for as far as you can see with reds, greens, and browns. I built a studio in the Airbnb. I tried to incorporate some exploration into indie folk and create textures that worked for the indie world and the epic cinematic world.” Adding, “On the EP, there are philosophical themes of existentialism. Many of the songs are about the acceptance of death, what life is, and why we’re here. I was trying to lyrically explore what it means to be alive. People believe such polarizing theories it makes me think none of us are right.”


This week Portair announced he will join New York rock trio, City Of The Sun, on their North American tour starting on March 23rd in Colorado, with stops in Los Angeles, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Boston, Toronto, and Montreal before wrapping on April 29th in New York City. He will then head to Australia for his first headline tour of his home country since before 2020.  A full list of dates can be found below.

The EP follows his viral single “Gloaming Hour,” which racked up over 5 million plays on TikTok,. The alternative singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, graphic designer/artist, and producer released his EP, The Light That Breaks, earlier this year which followed his 2021 debut EP, The Light That Gives. As a songwriter and a producer, his songs and scores have appeared on networks such as Netflix, NBC, MTV, and CBS.  He has spent the last year on tour with artists like SYML and Liz Longley, as well as doing his own run in the U.S. and UK/EU of Sofar shows.


3/23    Fort Collins, CO            The Coast

3/24    Colorado Springs, CO   Lulu’s (Downstairs)

3/25    Denver, CO                   Globe Hall

3/30    Vancouver, BC              Biltmore

3/31    Seattle, WA                   Chop Suey

4/1      Portland, OR                 The Get Down

4/2      Bend, OR Volcanic        Theatre Pub

4/6      Sacramento, CA            Goldfield Trading Post

4/7      San Francisco, CA         Public Works

4/8      Los Angeles, CA            Lodge Room

4/9      San Diego, CA              Casbah

4/20    Toronto, ON                   Adelaide Hall

4/21    Montreal, QC                Bar le Ritz

4/22    Burlington, VT               Higher Ground Ballroom – Showcase Lounge

4/23    Amherst, MA                 The Drake

4/25    Portland, ME                 Portland House of Music

4/27    Cambridge, MA            The Sinclair

4/28    Philadelphia, PA           Milkboy

4/29    New York, NY               Racket


5/6     Perth              Rosemount
5/11    Brisbane        Black Bear Lodge
5/13    Canberra       Sideway
5/19    Melbourne     Curtain
6/20    Sydney          Waywards