Boomkat Product Review:
Geoff Barrow is a man who likes to keep himself busy, and not content with composing a (sadly unused) soundtrack to the forthcoming Judge Dredd movie, he’s managed to piece together another full-length with his sometime Krautrock outfit Beak>. The sounds here shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with Portishead’s phenomenal ‘Third’; the dusty Can vs. Silver Apples percussion, the tape saturated atmospheres and the tangled basslines, but Beak> are not Portishead. ‘>>’ is a more traditional Krautrock album in all senses, hitting the cyclic, hypnotic mode straight on the nose and running with it. In fact if someone handed over this record with a note saying it was released in the 70s in an edition of 150 it would probably go over just fine. It’s an impeccably produced record from start to finish and bears all the Barrow hallmarks of perfectionism and attention to detail. Vocals are destroyed to the point of being totally indecipherable, but the band still retains that peculiar Silver Apples-ish charm that keeps you gripped by the neck until the very last bass guitar pluck. It’s good stuff, and more proof that Barrow’s hit a creative seam right now – let’s hope he keeps mining it, for our sake.