September 17, 2012


Listen: Beck Goes Bossa Nova on Best Cover Song You'll Hear All Month

Douglas Mason
Douglas Mason

Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso has never been a household name, but his blend of bossa nova, pop and psychedelic rock pioneered a new genre called Tropicalia and a fiery, political musical strand that extended far past South America. Next month, Universal will release A Tribute to Caetano Veloso, a covers album featuring the Pretenders' Chrissie Hynde, Devendra Banhart and Seu Jorge. But the highest-profile contributor on the list is Beck, who just released a cover of Veloso's "Michelangelo Antonioni."

The original "Michelangelo Antonioni," a tribute to the titular director, first appeared on the 2004 soundtrack of Eros, a collection of three short films from Antonioni, Wong Kar-Wai and Steven Soderbergh. Listen to Beck's new version and Veloso's original below.

Caetano Veloso, "Michelangelo Antonioni"