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The four-track EP features the recently released title track which was inspired directly from a recent trip to Mexico City when the band awoke to the sound of a distorted young girls' voice bellowing across the city. Further investigation revealed the source as a recording used by scrap-collecting carts urging people to bring out old beds and washing machines. Returning to the UK filled with inspiration from the trip, Billy, Geoff and Will hot-footed it to the Invada studios to record the EP

The band said their new track ‘We Can Go’ is “the most normal song we have ever written. We like it.”

Features a new version of ‘Allé Sauvage’ from Beak>’s previous album ‘>>>’ by accordion player Mario Batkovic.

Pressed on black vinyl, housed in a heavyweight spined sleeve with artwork by ‘SusanLegPolicy’. Includes digital download card.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Killer new EP from Beak> here, perfect for anyone uncomfortable with summer. Gloom-ridden, slightly sinister and generally disturbed, these krautish concoctions are the perfect gothic groove for when your mood takes a dip.

The mighty Beak> – made up of Billy Fuller, Will Young, and Geoff Barrow of that band fame – return with their most claustrophobic album yet, chock full of the krautrock grooves, meandering structures and off-kilter melodies that fans of the band have come to expect from them. Having knocked it out of the park with their ‘Sex Music’ single earlier this year, >>> carries on in the same subtle, bass-led vein.
The trio flirt with chaos throughout the album, pushing each instrument through layers of distortion and reverb to the brink of recognisability, and the countless eerie squeaks, sci-fi synths and fucked-with-strings only add to its otherworldly nature. >>> is as mesmerising as it is uneasy, teetering on a tightrope stretched between soft, winding compositions and edgy, no nonsense heft.
Pretty much every song is a highlight. ‘Birthday Suit’ is devastating, all fluttering synths, lo-fi vocals and heartbreak, while ‘Allé Sauvage’ is a dangerously danceable seven-and-a-half-minuter, with blips galore and razor sharp hi-hats driving the song along nicely. ‘RSI’ is a motoric gem. Scratch that – Beak> are a motoric gem.
But ‘When We Fall’ is on another level entirely. First released under the band’s Like easy listening music thrown off a cliff and pieced back together again, >>> is a Frankenstein’s monster of atmosphere, griminess, groove and space. Transcendent.

STAFF COMMENTS

Javi says: You’d be right to judge >>> by its brilliant cover because it’s a brilliant album, and one that’s likely to win 2018 for me. Buy it / play it / love it.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP includes MP3 Download Code.

Hot Krautrock infused rhythms from this new band featuring Geoff Barrow of Portishead. Beak> were formed in January 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow. The band have very strict guidelines governing the recording and writing process of their work. The music was recorded live in one room with no overdubs or repair, only using edits to create arrangements. All tracks were written over a twelve-day session in SOA Studio's, Bristol. Sometimes a band can be no more than the sum of it's parts, but Beak> are an equation in which it's impossible to define equivalents or totals. Instead the meeting of three talent's form a foundation from which idea's assimilate and propagate. Those talents are: Billy Fuller. Reared in Bristol, on an aural diet of anything and everything, facilitated later by his time working in the cities top independent record shop Replay Records, and also playing with handfuls of bands – including Invada's first signing: Fuzz Against Funk, as well as Massive Attack, Robert Plant, and Malakai. Billy is Beak>'s thoughtful pulse; his bass a forceful origin for their superlative narrative arcs. Matt Williams. Picked up a Yamaha keyboard aged three and never looked back, as Team Brick creates dissonance that immediately elucidates free forming thought, and impacts heavily on Beak>'s rolling landscape. He enjoys playing air drums whilst cycling, singing lines from a favourite Latin prayer and doesn't understand the music he makes himself. Geoff Barrow. Musician and producer born near Bristol. Best known for forming and producing popular music group Portishead and part owner of the independent record label Invada Records.

Kraut-cats BEAK> are back; bringing us a first taste of new material since 2015. In case you're wondering, it tastes of gin and cigarettes, like a 2 a.m. snog down a back alley on the way to a taxi rank. Probably the most accurately titled release of the week, "Sex Music" is exactly that; a sleazy smear of slow grinding electronica at perfect thrusting pace. Garbled electronics grip your thigh with an ON-U intensity, melancholic vocals (think Clinic) represent the inevitable bout of post-orgasmic shame, while the seductive bassline rumbles its way into all your erogenous zones. I'm not kidding around here, this shit's hotter than a third glass of wine and an hour on Literotica... Over on the flip, Arcade Fire's Win Butler dubs things up, out and all about with a smart rerub. While it introduces a couple of exciting new positions, it lacks the choke, hair pull and flat palm which the A-side delivers with remorseless regularity...

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: BEAK> are back with a BIG tune for the fReEeKZ out there. "Sex Music" is the darkest, stickest krautfunk you'll hear outside a Dusseldorf basement. Listen with caution...

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd 7" Info: The B-side is a remix of ‘Sex Music’ by Win Butler of Arcade Fire.

Me And My Drummer

The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey

Leftfield alternative pop duo Me And My Drummer has been already compared to Florence And The Machine or Fever Ray! - Here's the international release of their debut album 'The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey' - available as 6-page CD pocket pac incl. 12-page booklet with lyrics and as LP-vinyl with inside out hardcover printed inner sleeve!

With their single 'You’re A Runner', vocalist / keyboardist Charlotte Brandi and drummer Matze Pröllochs have already caused quite a stir. The single received heavy support from XFM's John Kennedy and Mary Anne Hobbs, BBC 6Music's Tom Ravenscroft and Chris Hawkins were also fans plus BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. NME, Spinner and The 405 also supported the band with fantastic coverage of the single, video and live. On the album 'The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey', there’s a real feeling that you're taking an intimate journey with the band from start to finish. Starting introspectively with "Phobia", the track builds and crescendos into a gloriously epic finish. Single "You’re A Runner" follows suit starting quietly, climbing to a glorious cacophonous end and before you know it, it's over – a beautiful little slice of intelligent pop. With "The Wings", however, there's a change of pace. There's something slightly trip-hop about the simple, offkilter beats and Charlotte’s delicate, harrowing vocals sliding seductively over the music, akin to bands like Portishead and Lamb. It's after this track that the album starts to change direction with "Down My Couch" and "Heavy Weight". The latter's summery dance pop beats and interesting breakdowns could easily content with the best of what the alternative side of the pop has to offer - imagine if Florence Welch fronted Friendly Fires. Me And My Drummer's journey reaches its completion on a quiet note - "Runner (Reprise)". But as the last track comes to a close, you'll find yourself hitting the play button all over again as each track reveals something new upon each listen. Charlotte Brandi and Matze Pröllochs met in Tuebingen (Matze's hometown), Germany, whilst working in a theatre; they were both stage musicians signed on for three productions in a row but it was their mutual musical inspirations that brought them together. The pair site Micachu And The Shapes, Beach House, The Roots, Ella Fitzgerald and M.I.A. as some of their melodic influences. Hip hop, electro and pop have all had a baring on how they write music, which is clear to hear on 'The Hawk, The Beak, The Prey'. With brilliant press already received in their native Germany from Musikexpress, Rolling Stone, MTV, Radio 1, Me And My Drummer are ready to take their unique dream pop internatinal as one of the most exciting emerging bands to come from Berlin in a while.


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