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Monday, May 7, 2012

Beak> Returns to Bedevil Your Text

Posted by on Mon, May 7, 2012 at 11:45 AM

  • Invada

This may mean nothing to non-writers, but Beak> [sic], have titled their new release >>, so...have fun with that.* I've written about Geoff Barrow's trio in the past, and Blogger had a hard enough time with the band's name in that it would delete the greater-than sign the minute I hit "publish," even though it showed up fine in draft form. (With Blogger's latest upgrade, I'm now having problems with ampersands; The Stranger publishing platform doesn't handle them well either.)

* When I tried a YouTube search (name + title), I got "An error occurred during validation."

Listen to 2009's rhythmically similar "I Know" below.

In any case, I endorse "Yatton," the motorific™ new single from Beak>'s second full-length (featuring multi-instrumentalist Barrow, bassist Billy Fuller, and keyboard player Matt Williams). Since the release of 2009's BEAK>, Barrow has worked with Anika on her first record, collaborated with Ben Salisbury on Drokk: Music Inspired by Mega-City One, provided the score for Banksy's Oscar-nominated Exit Through the Gift Shop, released the double-disc hip-hop summit Quakers, and toured with his mates in Portishead (who have a new album in the works).

According to Beak>'s cheeky press notes, "Time on the road had taken its toll on the band's delicately sensitive and creative nature. And, by consequence, had turned them into a truly awful-sounding pub prog-rock band." Fortunately, they got their shit together, and the result is this new record with the bizarre title.

Barrow's imprint, Invada, releases >> on June 12 (digital) and July 3 (physical).


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NaFun 1
More bands should do stuff like this, makes it very hard to search for on file sharing networks. Or better yet, name your album "Windows" and songs "Windows32.dll" ".." "readme.txt" and the like.
Posted by NaFun on May 7, 2012 at 12:30 PM · Report this
Travis Ritter 2
Awesome news. Beak> was fantastic when they played with Anika.
Posted by Travis Ritter on May 7, 2012 at 12:33 PM · Report this
Kathy Fennessy 3
@1 Good point. Reminds me of Sigur Rós's ( ). @2 I really enjoyed 'em live, too! Hope they come back.
Posted by Kathy Fennessy on May 7, 2012 at 1:34 PM · Report this

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