Beck Releases Wild Details of New “Album”


Beck announces interactive sheet music album

In the coolest and most confounding music news of the day, Beck has a new album; the catch is he needs you to collaborate, not just listen. By year’s end, Beck will have found yet another way to commercially bridge the divide between popular music and legitimate art. The man behind classic records like Odelay, Sea Change and Guero is betting on a truly groundbreaking medium with his newest project.

The project, titled Beck Hansen’s Song Reader, is set to be released in December courtesy of McSweeney’s, the publishing house founded by literary dynamo Dave Eggers (A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius, Zeitoun). The Song Reader will contain 20 songs existing solely as individual pieces of sheet music. Not one of the songs will have ever been recorded or released. That leaves the fans with the golden opportunity (or, for those with glasses half-empty, the burden) to bring the songs to life should they wish to hear them.

Beck promises to give fans their money’s worth with the whopping 108-page Song Reader by adorning each song with colorful, “heyday-of-home-play-inspired” artwork created by a dozen different artists that is guaranteed to be “as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.”  To seal the deal, he’s packaging the whole shebang in a hardcover carrying case for fashionable traveling convenience.



*In additional Beck news, he has announced a surprise gig (18+) at Bimbio’s tomorrow night (Thurs, Aug 9) as a precursor to his Friday afternoon set at Outside Lands. Tickets are on sale now with a limit of two per order.

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