Portishead – the third coming.

April 30, 2008

It arrived yesterday – the fancy all-singing, all-dancing box set version of the new Portishead album. It’s got the album on vinyl, the single on vinyl, the whole lot on limited edition USB stick (see below), and also 5 films they’ve shot on the USB too.
So far I’ve listened to the album twice and it’s sounding good. Portishead albums can take a wee while to get your head into, and this one seems to be the same. It’s hauntingly beautiful, and is very different. There’s almost a machine-like quality to a number of the tracks, in the way they’ve used the percussion to almost grate with the harmony. It’s hugely great and hugely unusual.
Although what else would you expect from such esteemed pioneers of music?

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