Alternative Songwriter Portair Shares New EP ‘The Ice That Breaks’

January 14, 2022 BY Nettwerk

Portair’s sounds are truly stunning…both urgent and effortless: A dramatic, sweeping effort that takes the ears and mind by storm.” – Atwood Magazine

…unique and lush, Portair balances more inquisitive elements with a foot-stomping folk backbone” – The Wild Honey Pie

…undeniable and instantly addictive…one of the year’s most blissful escapes.” – The Revue

Portair delivers bright, colorful anthem in new single ‘Where the Sun Goes Down’” –Variance

…stunning… ” and “Sydney-born, Los Angeles-based producer Portair has continued his prolific run of stellar singles, sharing the truly mesmerising ‘Alaska’…With stylistic and vocal comparisons able to be drawn to the likes of Bon Iver or City and Colour, Portair’s ‘Alaska’ is one of those songs that has the ability to stop you in your tracks as you try and imagine how you ever lived without in your life.”Rolling Stone


Today, alternative singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, graphic designer/artist, and producer Portair shares his new EP, The Light That Breaks. A renewed search for meaning drove much of his first EP, The Light That Gives, released last summer. With The Ice that Breaks, he’s moved on from a breakup with organized religion to making up for lost time. “I wanted them to feel somewhat connected—not two separate bodies of work,” says the singer/songwriter/producer. “’The Light That Gives’ is the sun that grows a plant from a seed. ‘The Ice That Breaks’ is where all of a sudden you reach a certain age and wonder, how do I live my best life with what I’ve got?”  

Portair adds, “I got into meditation pretty heavy this last year. My mind was so crazy all of the time. It’s not about quieting the mind but about being with it and observing it. It really brought me a lot of peace.” The release focus track, “All the Things We’ve Never Done,” represents that progress. He adds, “For a while I had a very nihilistic approach: We’re just here by some weird accident. If you truly break it down, what do we do every day? We eat to survive, otherwise we die. And then the rest is entertainment. That got me thinking, ‘Why are we here?’ That may seem like a bummer, but it’s not. If we’re truly here by accident, we’re lucky to be alive.”




As a songwriter and a producer, his songs and scores have appeared on networks such as Netflix, NBC, MTV, and CBS, but those were merely experimentations. He elaborates, “When I moved to LA, I wanted to start something organic. This project is all my passions I can express in one cohesive art form.”  After a tour at the end of 2021 Liz Longley, Portair is excited to get back on the road. Stay tuned for more to come from Portair soon.