Portishead will soon begin working on their fourth studio album. Yes, we heard similar news back in 2010 and in 2011, but it looks as though the English trio are intent on finally releasing the follow-up to 2008’s Third.
“We’re clearing our schedules so we can get on with it,” said Adrian Utley during a Quietus Q&A at Oslo’s By:Larm Festival this afternoon. “Otherwise, it will be another 10 years.”
He went on to attribute the album’s delay to the band members’ various other side-projects. In 2009, Geoff Barrow’s band BEAK> issued their self-titled debut, followed by their sophomore effort >> three years later. Meanwhile, just last year Beth Gibbons announced plans to release a new solo album, her first since 2002’s Out of Season.
But carving out studio time seems to be only half the battle when it comes to the long-awaited Portishead album. Utley commented on a conversation he and Barrow recently had regarding the LP, saying, “We were both really enthusiastic, and enthusiasm counts for a lot in Portishead world”.
According to Utley, the new material will be partially shaped by his newfound interest in “modular synth systems” and “modern composition”, as well as the band’s upcoming tour dates, which include appearances at both ATP Iceland and Germany’s Melt! Festival.
Below, revisit Portishead’s performance of “Wandering Star” at Glastonbury last year: