Teaming up with Jack White, Beck released the menacing country number "I Just Started Hating Some People Today" on Third Man Records this week.
The song skirts the line between a range of styles, including punk (with White supplying screaming vocals), smooth funk, and country. It is delightfully cathartic, rife with bluesy guitar slides and a chorus that asserts that Beck was "saying things that a garbage-man would not say." The track also features syrupy vocals from White's ex-wife and fellow Third Man artist Karen Elson.
According to the Third Man website, "Today" and its B-Side "Blue Randy" were recorded in 2011 while Beck was recording in Nashville. Both tracks were conceived and recorded on the musician's final day in the studio.
Both songs are now available to purchase on iTunes, and a limited vinyl pressing with the tracks is available via the Third Man website.
Though the follow up to 2008's critically acclaimed "Modern Guilt" has yet to be announced, Beck has been in the studio recording tracks since late 2011. Last week, he returned to the stage at the Santa Barbara Bowl and will appear next at New York's Governor's Ball Festival in late June and San Francisco's Outside Lands Festival in August.