Beck's innovative new "album" Beck Hansen's Song Book, a sheet-music release that literally puts the music into the hands of his fans, is all set to drop in December via indie publishing house McSweeney's. But the boho Los Angeleno has another project up his suit-jacket sleeve: a new album, this one of recorded, listenable music.
In an interview with triple j radio, Beck said that he's finally putting the finishing touches on a new album, which he started recording back in 2008, and that it will be released in a "standard format."
"I started a record, largely recorded in 2008, so I’m trying to carve out some time from all the production work I’m doing to finish those songs before they become records from a lost era. It’s going on a half decade at this point."
Beck also dished on the album two years ago in an interview with Pitchfork, saying, “I recorded it in the fall of 2008. I've worked on it a little bit here or there but it’s the kind of thing where I turn around and two years have gone by and it starts to get less relevant to what’s happening at large."
He added, "At this point, five other bands may have done something that felt really exciting and new two years ago. Like, the title of the record was going to be Rococo and now Arcade Fire have a song called Rococo. But I’m sure the music is going to come out."
Triple j also has video of musician Megan Washington covering an old-timey piano tune from Beck Hansen's Song Reader. Watch it here.