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This ‘double B-side’ EP is a split between Bristol three piece BEAK (Geoff Barrow (Portishead) with Billy Fuller (Fuzz Against Junk) and Matt Williams (Team Brick) and themselves, in the form of their alter ego KAEB (an ever revolving expansion on the original line up). Featuring two tracks from each incarnation including a track featuring vocal contributions from California rapper/producer Jonwayne.
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Why bother finding a band to share a split 12” with when you can just reverse your name and do it all by yourselves. This is also a double B side and if you thought that meant all the songs were bad then you’ve got another thing coming. They are all good.
On the first side Geoff Barrows's Beak do two swirly krauty almost gothy numbers which are jam packed with atmosphere. Opener ‘The Meader’ is the sort of thing Joy Division might have done had they come from Berlin. It’s cold, it’s bleak, it’s murky and it has wracked vocals. ‘The Broken Window’ also has that rhythmic early ‘80s post-punk sound where hi-end bass is married to atmospheric keyboards.
Overleaf Kaeb are really the stars of the show. On ‘When We Fall’ they play a misty form of folk, that recalls oddball finger picked mystery folk as played by (back in the day) Arthur Lee and more recently Tunng and Parsley Sound. This is utterly gorgeous and builds beautifully with some stellar strings. You must hear it. It’s very hard to believe that the second track ‘There’s No One’ is the work of the same band. US rapper Jonwayne is brought in for some growly rhymes above what I can only describe as a kind of off kilter hymnal music before veering off into discordance.
There are three or four different styles at work here - from krauty post punk, to glistening folk, to hip-hop to power noise wig out. Luckily all of it is brilliant in its own way.
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