Published Mar 07, 2012While Portishead keep on teasing the possibility of releasing their fourth album in the near future, multi-instrumentalist Geoff Barrow continues to take on new projects. Hot on the heels of his hip-hop collaboration Quakers, he has now announced plans to release an album with Emmy-winning soundtrack composer Ben Salisbury (who wrote the music for several of David Attenborough's BBC nature docs). They will unveil DROKK via Barrow's Invada imprint on May 8.
The album was reportedly inspired by the sci-fi comic series 2000 AD and its sprawling metropolis Mega-City One. The collaboration began when Barrow and Salisbury met in a recreational soccer league and they started writing what a press release describes as "essentially soundtrack music."
It was penned in a six month period and is "purposefully stark and spare," with many of the songs based entirely on the Oberheim Two Voice synthesizer and its built-in sequencer. There are also a few digitally altered acoustic instruments, plus a cameo from Barrow's band BEAK>.
Incidentally, DROKK takes its title from a swear word used by inhabitants of Mega-City One. That's drokking awesome.
Meanwhile, Barrow will give the Drive soundtrack a much-deserved vinyl pressing via Invada on May 21.