Beck's official Web site confirms the artist is planning to enter a studio soon with producer Nigel Godrich to work on his long-awaited new album. Recording will follow the rapid, informal pace Godric

Beck's official Web site confirms the artist is planning to enter a studio soon with producer Nigel Godrich to work on his long-awaited new album. Recording will follow the rapid, informal pace Godrich and Beck used previously in creating 1998's "Mutations" (Geffen) reportedly over a span of two weeks, "with Beck and crew hammering out a song a day."

Members of Beck's longtime backing band -- including keyboardist Roger Joseph Manning Jr., multi-instrumentalist/arranger Jon Brion, bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, and guitarist Smokey Hormel -- plan to sign on for the sessions, alongside "a plethora of drummers and other surprises."

The announcement comes in the wake of Beck's performance in Los Angeles Tuesday (Feb. 26) as part of the Recording Artist Coalition benefit concerts. In addition to performing covers by the likes of the Zombies, the Velvet Underground (with Radiohead's Thom Yorke guesting), and the Rolling Stones, Beck played a few new songs, including "Evil Things" and "Lost Cause," which may be put to tape during the upcoming studio sessions.

As previously reported, Beck has also been in talks to work on some new material with producer Dan "The Automator" Nakamura. "We have been trying to work together for like five years," Nakamura told Billboard.com earlier this month, "and hopefully when we get it all together, some good stuff will come out of it."