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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