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  • 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).