BEAK> is a new project by Geoff Barrow, of Portishead, and two other guys. Extracts from their upcoming album can be listened to, in full, and purchased on their Bandcamp site.

If you liked Portishead’s “Third” or, more correctly, the parts of it that were compared to the likes of The Silver Apples and Sunn O))) and Fennesz, then you will enjoy Beak>. It’s a lot more raw, lacking the high production levels of Portishead, but it gives the music an almost improvisational feel. The vocals are distorted and echo-y, no Beth Gibbons here, but they suit the electro-acoustic aesthetic the band is going for and, more so, their recording style. The music was recorded live in one room with no overdubs or repair, only using edits to create arrangements.

It’s all very good material and it makes me eager to hear the rest of it and it tempts me so much to get the limited edition box set. But now that I’m literally living out of a suitcase, it’s hard for me to justify the purchase of physical media, let alone the kind that comes packaged in a pizza box. I just don’t have the space; but a digital download will be an instant purchase.

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