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Portishead Makes Plans for Fourth Album

No 11-year Wait This Time?

Sep 28, 2009 Photography by Wendy Lynch Redfern Portishead
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It took Portishead 11 years to record and release 2008’s Third, the follow-up to 1997’s Portishead, but in two recent interviews, Portishead’s Geoff Barrow has said that the trio is already working on a fourth album. In an interview with BBC 6 Music, Barrow said, “We’re going to start writing and if all goes well it could be [out] in a year’s time.” Barrow also told the BBC that he’s discussed the future of Portishead with bandmates Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley, and the future for the dark-sounding trio seems bright. “Beth said, ‘Are we going to do this forever?,’ and I said, ‘Well, yeah, maybe,’” said Barrow to the BBC. The band is currently unsigned, but has no plans of starting its own label and is meeting with prospective labels.

Barrow also spoke to the NME about being label-less, which will potentially give the band the freedom to negotiate a deal that will allow them to release music in a non-traditional format, telling NME that Portishead want to approach the next album “from a different angle.” Barrow also said to NME: “We are publishing-free and label-free at the moment, so we’re kind of… well, we’re free!”

Barrow also has another project as part of the trio Beak. Beak’s debut album will be released in the U.K. on October 19th via Invada Records, which Barrow co-runs.


(Via: Pitchfork)


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September 28th 2009

YES! As long as they have another jam like “The Rip” on it, I am already counting down the days.