Portishead’s new album ‘nothing like’ predecessors

Band shed more light on the sound of 'Third'

Portishead have revealed more about ‘Third’, their long-awaited new album, describing it as the “older brother” of its predecessors.

Guitarist Adrian Utley has also described the album’s sound as a departure in some areas.

He told Billboard: “It sounds nothing like ‘Dummy’ or ‘Portishead’, but it’s definitely its older brother or sister. It’s the same mindset we’ve always had, only further down the road.”

He also added that the album features some fast tempos for the band, with some tracks reaching 120bpms.

Despite the 11-year wait between ‘Third’ and 1997’s self-titled effort, Utley claims the future of the band was never in doubt.

He said: “There was never no Portishead. It was just we’d had enough, and we didn’t have any ideas.

“We all got on with various different things, but we worked on each other’s projects. There was always Portishead.”

‘Third’ is released on April 28.

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