Friday, July 2, 2010

Portishead - New Album, New Label Details

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Portishead disappeared for nearly a full decade following the release of their Roseland NYC Live disc in 1998, returning just over two years ago with Third (my favorite album of 2008).  Earlier this week, Geoff Barrow told 6Music that he, Beth Gibbons, and Adrian Utley would be spending the rest of the summer writing their next effort.  He went on to say that the band has signed a new deal with "the biggest record company in the world", hinting at some dissatisfaction with the promotion of Third in the UK, but declined to reveal who it was.

While Gibbons' Garbo-like media silence is legendary, Barrow has acted as the band's primary spokesperson and has been far more active in recent years. He presided over The Horrors' reinvention, producing last year's Primary Colours, and has engaged in a side project called Beak>, which recently released a new single.

Considering Portishead's previous hiatus of nearly My Bloody Valentine proportions, time will tell as to when anything will trickle out. It should be noted that last Autumn, Barrow declared nearly the same thing, that work had begun on the band's fourth record. Clearly, though, some work was completed:  the charity single "Chase The Tear" slipped out last December without much fanfare, offering a glimpse of what may in store from the new record.


Portishead - Chase The Tear from Mintonfilm on Vimeo.

Download the digital-only track, with proceeds going to Amnesty International, here.

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