Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Conversations from the studio #1.
"What you listening to?"
"It's the new single from Portishead. The Rip."
"It is. It really really is. It's just incredible. I can't believe they've come back after 10 years with an album that's this amazing. Do you know their early stuff? I mean, that was great, but to come back and still sound this good is just... staggering!"
I'm rendered speechless as the vocals descend into a wail over an almost impossibly beautiful bed of acoustic guitar and emerging electronic pulses. It's as if the whole world is melting away and I'm floating in a cool blue ocean of shapeless colour.
"Bit depressing isn't it?"
"Well... yes. But that's kind of the point. That's why it's so amazingly great!"
And it is. It really is. It's just so unbelievably wonderful. Phenomenal. Extraordinary. I honestly didn't think we'd get another album out of them. It was almost as if after the whole explosion of dire copycats after the Dummy and Portishead albums, they were so disgusted at the Trip Hop beast they'd created, they retreated forever into the void.
I can't express how happy I am that they've come back. And they've produced an album that is completely Portishead, and yet also a complete revelation. It's all tied together by Beth Gibbons vocals, that still seem to emerge from such supreme depths of misery and despair they make Amy Winehouse sound like a puddle. I love this album, I love this band.
When I started this blog, I always said it was the frustrated music journalist inside me trying to escape. But I realise now that I'd make a shit music journalist. Because I can only really write about the things that I love. Like...
Track 7. Deep Water. Just Beth and a ukele, with music hall backing vocals. It should be awful. But instead it's sublime. Then it goes straight into Machine Gun. Boom. Oh, just get the album...
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