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Portishead To Record New LP
The Quietus , March 7th, 2012 06:30

Geoff Barrow avoiding shed

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It's a busy time for Geoff Barrow, what with his Quakers hip-hop project, his planned Drokk soundtrack work and of course exciting new material from Beak>, all of which you can hear here.

Nevertheless, when we spoke to Barrow last month he said that we could also expect Portishead to begin work on their fourth album at some point soon. "We've been getting together recently and talking about lots of stuff," he said. "There's definitely going to be another record, we're just going to get on it as soon as my studio gets working."

According to Barrow, the experience of playing new countries and returning to old ones they'd not visited in years was a positive one, but now it's time to move on. "It inspired us because people were into it, but in terms of where it takes us musically, it inspired us because that's where it stops," Barrow says. "That tour was almost a continuation of the ATP we did in 2007, 2008, it was the same band, pretty much the same set, lots of Third and lots of bits of other stuff, so now we want to move forward."

Barrow adds that he increasingly finds constant activity a motivational force: "We've not got anything at all down, but for me doing things like Drop and Beak> and Anika and lots of other things I've got my finger in has made me realise that that's the way forward for me, just to keep on making music, so I don't stop, so it doesn't become an issue. I can just carry on writing, get the momentum going - that's what everyone wants really, to feel able."

Does this help you avoid the infamous pauses between albums that so obsessed journalists when they wrote about Portishead? "In stagnant periods you just can't face writing anything and you think 'why don't I just clean out my shed'. Massive avoidance."

And then that's all anyone wants to write about! "Well it does help. I think if we were around every six months, people would go 'Huh, bloody Portishead again'."

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Andy J
Mar 11, 2013 9:45pm

'Bloody Portishead again'? Bloody hell! I f***in' love Portishead and Third is an awesome album. I play it most every day. It's one of the few CD's I've bought in the past few years and I never get tired of "We Carry On" or "Threads". When the new CD comes out, I will make sure I have the money placed aside to purchase as this band is the definition of modern electronica soul. But, until then, could anyone make any suggestions as to bands who sound like what Portishead sounds like on Third? Thank you!!

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Mar 14, 2013 2:18pm

In reply to Andy J:

Check out Massive Attack if you haven't already. They're very similar to Portishead.
A few others like them are: Karmacoda, Tricky, Archive and UNKLE.

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Andy J
Apr 13, 2013 5:11pm

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Thank you, I shall.

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Phil Richards
May 3, 2013 6:37am

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Those bands are similar to the first two Portishead albums for sure, but Third is the one the guy asked about and that's a totally different kettle of fish.

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