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Dif­fi­cult anti-pop from grouchy ob­scu­ri­tans.

Ge­off Bar­row’s stint as an out­spo­ken Twit­ter cur­mud­geon now threat­ens to sur­pass his ten­ure as the back­bone of Por­tishead. In his usual stub­born spirit, the lat­est from his elec­tronic trio Beak> seems de­signed to re­pel lis­ten­ers. De­pend­ing on your taste for outré mu­sic, that could be a good thing. Opener The Brazil­ian is an oth­er­worldly in­stru­men­tal with a baf­fling mid-song fade out, while Brean Down turns grouchy grum­bling – “You don’t like the mu­sic cos it ain’t up on the ra­dio” – into a dystopian hook, like Can on a bad trip. Songs like Har­vester cut through the aus­ter­ity with un­der­cover ear­worms, pro­vid­ing a melodic re­lief you’ll long for when the anti-pop sen­si­bil­ity finds its log­i­cal con­clu­sion in dreary jams. ★★★ JAZZ MON­ROE

Lis­ten To: Har­vester | Brean Down

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