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Portrait is the debut album from LA dance-pop duo Cardiknox featuring singer Lonnie Angle and multi-instrumentalist Thomas Dutton. Helmed by Grammy Award-winning producer John Shanks, the auspicious 12-track set threads together rich soundscapes, thick, booming beats, and dynamic vocals. Lonnie explains the album's sound as "...pop, but there are so many different elements. It's indie, electronic, epic, cinematic, nostalgic, and even a little eighties-inspired."
"Doors" tiptoes between sparse percussion and ethereal synths culminating on an unshakable chant – "My life begins every time a door closes, another one opens." "It's a first taste," says Lonnie. "There's a theme of perseverance on the album. And in many ways, this song is about becoming a band, writing music, and finding ourselves as artists."
Elsewhere, "Shadowboxing" segues from shimmering keys into an impassioned declaration contrasted with soft spoken word. "A lot of the album addresses my parents' divorce during my early adulthood," she adds. "I didn't talk to my dad for about a year, and this song touches on that. It speaks to the dissolution of that marriage and having to look at my life without my parents being together."
Then, there's "On My Way," which tempers an electronic harmony with a galloping, uplifting refrain. "When you're pursuing something less traditional career-wise, there's an interesting juxtaposition between yourself and your friends who have ‘normal jobs,' are getting married, having kids, and buying houses," explains Thomas. "On My Way reaffirms that what we're doing is the right thing for us. We can see where we want to be, and we're on our way."