Geoff Barrow says a surprise is in the pipeline

Portishead‘s Geoff Barrow has confirmed that the band have started work on new material, but has suggested that it may not arrive in typical album release format.

Producer/instrumentalist Barrow told NME.COM that now the band were not signed to a record label they were weighing up options about how to release their new songs.

He declined to give specifics about the new material, but said that the band have “big plans” for a new project coming “from a different angle”.

Speaking about not being signed anymore, he added, “We are publishing-free and label-free at the moment, so we’re kind of… well, we’re free!”

Last December Barrow said the band were ready to ‘plough onto’ recording new material following the release of third album ‘Third’ in April 2008.