Portishead To Record In Australia

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Portishead are about to begin recording their third studio album in an Australian recording studio, and hope to have it completed before the end of the year, music site reports. It's been more than three years since Portishead, their second studio album. Guitarist Adrian Utley told reporter Rachel Owen that he and singer/lyricist Beth Gibbons were set to fly to Sydney to join Portishead co-producer, co-leader and beatmaster Geoff Barrow, who is already there. The group members took a break from each other after their 1998 world tour, but now are eager to get working on the next album. "Towards the end of touring last time we were all pretty fucked up, and we'd had enough of Portishead," Utley said. "But it's going to be nice to start again. I'm looking forward to working with Geoff [Barrow]. We've done stuff together, but we haven't really sat down and stared at each other for a while. We've got a few ideas, but we haven't got specific in any way. We'll just see what happens." [Tuesday, January 9, 2001]

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