Beck Talks About His Upcoming Album; Inspired By The Strokes And Summer Festivals
Wed, 06 Jul 2016 12:11:47
Beck recently released a new track "Wow" from his upcoming album, slated for release on October 21st via Capitol Records, and has been speaking recently about his follow-up to Morning Phase. The artist's 2014 release was a dreamier alt-folk dispatch that surprised some audiences, and the new material promises to surprise fans again.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Beck explained that the not-yet-titled album has been three years in the making, and was in gestation long before Morning Phase. He promises that once again it will be a genre-bending album, as suggested by his collaboration with Flume on their track "Tiny Cities", and the hip-hop flavored "Wow."
Producer Greg Kurstin (Sia, Adele) was called in to help shape the identity of the album. Kurstin was no stranger to Beck, having served as a multi-instrumentalist during Beck's Sea Change touring band. Beck suggested that having won the GRAMMY for Album of the Year with Morning Phase a new sense of purpose and identity was needed. Referencing older hits like "Devil's Haircut", "Where It's At," and "Loser" producer and artist co-wrote tracks that were inspired by the enthusiasm of younger crowds and summer festivals. He also credited The Strokes, with whom toured last year, as an inspiration.
"It's a summer night, people have their hands up. It's a communal, celebratory thing. I wanted to take that into the studio, a kind of energy or joy. The thing that wakes you up a little bit."
Listen to "Wow" and enjoy the official Lyric Video:
—The ARTISTdirect Staff