LA-Based Australian Artist PORTAIR Announces New EP ‘The Place To Start’ Out 9/22; Shares Title Track

June 30, 2023 BY Jason Currell

Today, Australian-born, Los Angeles-based artist Portair announces his new EP, The Place To Start, which will be released on September 22nd. The title references the fact our time on earth is so short,” he observes. “It’s about realizing we’re just a blip. For me, it’s comforting knowing we’re all not going to be here forever, but we’re in this together.” He originally brought the record to life during a creative sojourn to Joshua Tree in the same sessions for his third EP, Learning How To Die, imparting a piece of himself on every element, recording each song, and even playing drums in addition to guitar and synths. The result examines existential questions through an enigmatic and entrancing approach steeped in rich soundscape architecture and arresting melodies.


The title track, out tomorrow, features additional vocals by Josh Keogh of Amber RunThe Place To Start EP will include his May single, “Stand In Tall Ovation,” which tackled his own struggles with mental health and gave back to To Write Love On Her Arms and  Beyond Blue. It will also feature the April release, “Hellbent.”

The alternative singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, graphic designer/artist has had a busy 2023, just finishing a several-month run on the road that included a sold-out Australian tour, a headline Los Angeles show at Hotel Café, dates Begonia, and a 20-date North American run with City Of The Sun that included sold-out shows in Boston, Philadelphia, and New York.  In the past, he has supported artists like SYML and Liz Longley.

His 2023 EP, Learning How To Die, features buzzy New York artist Vérité, Grammy-nominated, platinum-selling songwriter, artist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist WYNNE, and Los Angeles singer-songwriter Emily James. As a songwriter and a producer, his songs and scores have appeared on networks such as Netflix, NBC, MTV, and CBS. His 2023 viral stand-alone single, “Gloaming Hour,” racked up over 5 million plays on TikTok.