Good news for anyone with any kind of interest in music – BBC 6 music is reporting that geoff Barrows has said that Portishead are back in the studio. By the sounds of it, there might be more to follow. Don’t expect another record for about a year, though. From http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/8275835.stm:
Portishead are back in the studio working on their fourth album, which they hope to release by the end of 2010, Geoff Barrow has confirmed. If it comes to fruition, it would be a surprisingly rapid return for the band, who left 11 years between their second and third records, resurfacing in 2008. But Barrow told BBC 6 Music the trio had already discussed new song ideas.
“We’re going to start writing and if all goes well it could be [out] in a year’s time,” the musician said. “That would be the most perfect thing to do.”
Barrow said that Portishead, who aren’t currently bound by a recording contract, were in negotiations with several companies about how to release the album. He dismissed the idea of the band taking on the duties of a record label themselves.
“It would be a complete nightmare,” he said. “It would end in a nervous breakdown. [Being without a record deal] is a really lovely place to be for the first time. We’re meeting labels and just talking about the future and where the business is going.”
Barrow added that he and band-mates Beth Gibbons and Adrian Utley had discussed Portishead’s long-term future after the release of Third in 2008. “Beth said ‘are we going to do this forever?’, and I said, ‘Well, yeah, maybe’,” he revealed.
Given the quality of Third, it’s definitely another reason to look forward to 2010.