Surprise! Beak> Share New Album

Check it out now...

Left-field group Beak> have shared their new album ‘>>>>’ in full.

The band – Geoff Barrow, Billy Fuller, and Will Young – have a unique sound, borrowing the limitless adventure of kosmische Musik, while echoing post-punk methodologies, techno, and more.

Kicked off more than a decade ago, Beak> have assemble a terrific catalogue, before seeming to take a backseat following ‘>>>’ in 2018.

Now, with scant warning, Beak> have surprised fans with something new – their album ‘>>>>’ is out now on streaming services.

We’re still soaking it all up, but it seems to be a strong return, with some heavy duty psych aspects within the band’s dark creativity.

In a note accompanying the record, the three-piece write:

At its core we always wanted it to be head music (music for the ‘heads’, not headphone music) – listened to as an album, not as individual songs. This is why we are releasing this album with no singles or promo tracks.

The recording and writing initially began in a house called Pen Y Bryn in Talsarnau, Wales in the fallout from the weirdness of the COVID days. Remote and with only ourselves and the view of Portmeirion in the distance, we got to work. 

With the opening track, ‘Strawberry Line’ (our tribute to our dear furry friend Alfie Barrow, who appears on the albums cover) as the metronomic guide for the album, we then resumed recording, as before, at Invada studios in Bristol, whilst still touring around Europe and North/South America. 

After playing hundreds of gigs and festivals over the years we felt that touring had started to influence our writing to the point we weren’t sure who we were anymore. So we decided to go back to the origins of where we were at on our first album – with zero expectations and just playing together in a room.

Tune in now.

Photo Credit: Hollin Jones

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