Beck Has New Album Planned for 2014
With last year’s songbook of sheet music and three singles out in 2013, it’s hard to believe Beck hasn’t actually released a new full-length album in five years. But with the singer/songwriter fresh off a new record contract, that’s what appears to be in store for 2014.
According to a press statement, Beck signed with Capitol Records not long ago, after being on DBC Records since his mainstream breakthrough in the mid 1990s. For 2014, the label plans to put out his new album, called Morning Phase, by February.
Although Morning Phase chronologically follows 2008’s Modern Guilt, it’s actually seen as a counterpart to Sea Change. Regarding this relationship, the press statement read: “‘Morning Phase’ harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of [‘Sea Change’], while surging forward with infectious optimism.”
Aside from this press statement, little is actually known about Morning Phase, although a track list is expected to come soon.
This past year, Beck released three singles in 12-inch vinyl and digital formats: “Defriended,” “I Won’t Be Long,” and “Gimme.” The three follow the Song Reader released at the end of 2012 through a partnership with McSweeney’s.
Along with the 20 new songs released in sheet music form, an exhibit at Sonos Studios showcased the music from February 21, 2013 to March 24, 2013. During it, visual art and performances gave life to the release, while a contest was held for performances of the 20 songs.