Portishead

By David Downs

 

Displaying Dick Cheney-like information control, UK trip hop trio Portishead haunted college bedrooms and eventually mainstream America starting in 1993. Birthed at ground zero of the electronic music movement, Bristol, England, alongside Massive Attack -- vocalist Beth Gibbons, producer Geoff Barrow and jazz drummer Adrian Utley remain as inscrutable as they are brilliant. Gibbons avoids being profiled, while Barrow and Utley's backgrounds are less murky. The band is unique more for the sheer lack of tawdry details about fighting and drug addictions. From the beginning,... Read More

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