More Geoff Barrow news that doesn’t involve Portishead in any way! Hooray!
Following the release of Quakers’ self-titled LP in March, which featured a long list of underground hip-hop collaborators MC’ing over Barrow-provided beats (under his amusing moniker Fuzzface, along with 7-stu-7 and Katalyst), Barrow is making a tonal shift to Krautrock with the sophomore release from his Beak> project. Barrow is joined on the record by his feathered friends Billy Fuller on bass and Matt Williams on keyboard. The name of the album will be aptly titled >> (pronounced “Beak-Beak”? Get ready to see that name at the top of your list whenever you sort by album title from now on, I guess), and will be released June 11 on Barrow’s Invada label.
No song titles have been announced yet, but given the avian-influenced name and the Krautrock genre, let’s take a stab at what some of the tracks might be called:
01. Squawking down the Autobahn
04. Chiken Sausage
What will Barrow take on next, Calypso? Traditional Malian blues music? Inuit songs? Anything but trip-hop and I’m sure fans will be pleased.