Introduced by fellow The Late Late Show guest director Alfonso Cuarón, Beck performed “Tarantula,” a song inspired by Cuarón’s award-winning film, Roma, on Monday night (Feb. 4).
Beck took to the warm-hued stage to perform the musing ballad, but he wasn’t alone — Venezuelan conductor Gustavo Dudamel accompanied him, as he conducted a 20-piece orchestra featuring members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Beck also had a masterful group of backing vocalists, including Feist‘s Leslie Feist, Natasha Khan (Bat For Lashes), Inara George and Alex Lilly, as well as pianist Jason Falkner and percussionist Ilan Rubin.
“I’m living but I’m feeling numb, can see it in my stare/ I wear a mask so falsely numb, and I don’t know who I am/ Despite the worlds inside of me, cruising me away/ I’ve noticed in others’ eyes, the time’s closing in,” Beck sang, emoting the track’s introspective lyrics.
The impressive setting lent itself to the classical feel of the song, which will appear on Roma’s upcoming soundtrack, Music Inspired By The Film Roma, due out on Feb. 8.
Watch Beck’s full performance of “Tarantula” on The Late Late Show below.