Published Nov 26, 2010When they returned with suitably titled third album Third in 2008, Portishead were on top of the world. The trip-hop pioneers appeared to be back for good, announcing plans for a fourth album almost immediately. The band's Geoff Barrow even hinted the album would be out by the end of 2010. But here we are at the end of 2010 and they haven't even started working on it yet.
According to a BBC 6 Music report, the pioneering trio are now planning to enter the studio in early 2011. "We've definitely thought about it and have had discussions about where we're going and stuff, but it's kind of early days and I don't think any of us want to really hex it by putting too many rules on it, which we often do," Portishead's Adrian Utley told the station. "I think we'll just start puking up stuff and see what it sounds like."
Utley added that outside distractions prevented the group from getting started on the project, but they're slowly starting to get the ball rolling. "We're just finishing up some projects we've each got and then we'll look to start writing, a little bit separately and then together, but it is pretty exciting. I think we're just gearing up to it, staring at each other a bit and getting ready to go."
Hopefully, they won't keep staring at each other for too long, as we would like to hear this thing before 2012.