Beck Returns With New Album In September
Genre-jumping troubadour Beck has wrapped work on his next Interscope album, due Sept. 24 in North America and a day earlier internationally. The set was produced by Nigel Godrich, who previously workGenre-jumping troubadour Beck has wrapped work on his next Interscope album, due Sept. 24 in North America and a day earlier internationally. The set was produced by Nigel Godrich, who previously worked with Beck on 1998's "Mutations" album. Beck has also collaborated with producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura but it is not yet known if those tracks will be featured on the as-yet-untitled album.
Beck is backed on the album by his long-time live band, including bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, guitarist Smokey Hormel, and multi-instrumentalist Roger Manning Jr., alongside "a plethora of drummers and other surprises," according to his official Web site. As previously reported, Beck debuted a handful of new songs at a Recording Artist Coalition benefit in February, including "Evil Things" and "Lost Cause," which may wind up on the album.
The set is the follow-up to 1999's "Midnite Vultures," which debuted at No. 34 on The Billboard 200. It featured the singles "Mixed Bizness," which hit No. 14 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Maxi Singles Sales tally, and "Sexx Laws," which reached No. 21 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart.
Fans who can't wait until September for new Beck recordings can hear him playing on three tracks from Marianne Faithfull's new Virgin album, "Kissin' Time." The set, due Aug. 13, includes a new interpretation of Beck's "Nobody's Fault But My Own" featuring the artist's live band.
Beck doesn't have any live dates on his schedule, but made a surprise appearance last month during DJ Z-Trip's set at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif., trotting out three of his own tracks and a cover of Hank Williams' "The Lonesome Whistle."