With his acclaimed hip-hop project Quakers and non-existant Judge Dredd film score project Drokk under his wing from earlier this year, Portishead's Geoff Barrow returns to his other experimental side-project Beak> for 2012's curiously titled >>.
Widely described as Barrow's love letter to Krautrock, the album is a muffled journey in late-nite madness with analog synths, roughly programmed loops and nearly indecipherable lyrics. It sounds like a audio-nerd's nightmare and it is, which makes all the more haunting, bleak and claustrophobic. It's a little more defined and smoothed out compared to their first album but it doesn't take away from the hypnotizing creepiness of their already established sound.
4 nods to Neu! out of 5