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There have been rumours of another Portishead album in the pipeline, so we ask Adrian what he can tell us about that. He answers with a good-humoured shrug.
“There isn’t anything to tell you!” he admits. “We haven’t really done anything. We’ve been working on other projects: Geoff’s got a band called Beak, and I’ve got various projects. I’m just about to record for Invader Records – another bit of avoiding work for Portishead,” he quips. “Geoff’s got a label called Invader, and we’re going to do In C by Terry Riley, from the 60s. We’re doing that with 20 electric guitars and three organs.”
He adds that he’s a big fan of the Electro- Harmonix Freeze [Sound Retainer], and hints it might play a big role in his writing in the future, including, presumably, for Portishead. He also plugs in to show us how you can use a paintbrush’s bristles on the strings to summon up a whispering, shimmering wall of tone – then flip the brush round to use the handle as a slide. “I’m giving away all my secrets now,” he murmurs. But you get the sense this sonic explorer has got plenty more tricks up his sleeve for wherever he’s heading next.