it’s true. after a 10 year hiatus portishead has released their new album “third.”
and you know what it sounds like? like if portishead and cocorosie had a child. and that child eventually became an underwater tow truck driver in the future who had a secret penchant for vintage hats. this would be the album that that person would listen to whilst prancing around in front of their full-length mirror late at night in their deep sea apartment off the coast of Australia after their friends had gone to sleep; listening, prancing, and vogue-ing with more intensity and vigor than the Virgin herself.
if you can dig that, you’d totally dig “third.”
in an attempt at all [musical] seriousness, however, this album did incorporate a newer, starker sound than their previous collaborations. it doesn’t have the same trip-hop, hypnotic, full sound that was what made their self-titled album and dummy so alluring. this new album is colder, more haunted, and forward-thinking; essentially, it isn’t a rehash of the band’s previous success as it covers new ground displaying music that is surprising and unformulaic. while it’s clear that they’ve had 10 years to mature/grow/change, this album isn’t a total deviation. ‘third’ becomes their logical evolution, and fans won’t be disappointed.