Beak> Transform Pink Floyd’s ‘Welcome to the Machine’ into a Motorik Dream
Portishead producer's band preps Record Store Day single
When Geoff Barrow isn’t busy inspiring the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, producing rap albums for Stones Throw, picking fights with Amy Winehouse, or teasing upcoming activity from that little side-project of his Portishead, the man churns out totally Essential krautrock with his Beak> trio. Like every other awesome act you read about here, they’re prepping a Record Store Day release for April 20 — a limited-edition 10-inch single that features the two tracks you’ll find below. The first, “0898,” is more of the motorik excellence you’ve come to expect from Beak>, but the second is a surprise indeed. For the B-side, Barrow and the boys take on Pink Floyd’s Wish You Were Here standout “Welcome to the Machine,” a music-industry dis track that was originally colored by heavy synths and tape effects. This updated version uses plenty of trippy sounds but takes a more minimal, rhythm-driven approach, pushing the vocals to the back and the groove to the fore. Barrow’s Invada label will handle the release.