It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Geoff Barrow’s Portishead side-project Beak> but the band is back with a mesmerizing new single and EP featuring a bunch of live cuts. We can’t seem to get enough of the title track, Wulfstan, and we thought you should know about it.
“In an age where clergy in general and Bishops in particular could enjoy the good life, Wulfstan was something of a social campaigner. It’s said he once invited a host of civic dignitaries to a banquet and then turned up with hundreds of poor people, and insisted that the nobles serve them. He also had a daily ritual of washing the feet of poor people. He also campaigned vigorously against the slave trade based in the city of Bristol. At the time people who could not pay their debts were being sold into slavery in Ireland. Wulfstan spent time in Bristol, preached sermons attacking slavery and eventually slaves held captive in Bristol were released. At the time slavery wasn’t considered immoral, so his stand was a brave one.”
Check out the title-track in the embed below and be sure to head over to their Bandcamp page where you can grab a copy of the EP under the pay-what-you-can option.