Beck Hopes to Release Another Album This Year

Larry Hirshowitz

The songs are 'more boisterous' than this year's mellow 'Morning Phase' album, Beck says at a concert in Santa Monica.

Although nearly six years passed between Beck's Modern Guilt  and Morning Phase, the singer believes he may well have another album out by the end of 2014.

"I've been working on and off on a different set of songs that are more boisterous [than Morning Phase]," he said last night during a mid-concert interview in Santa Monica for KCRW. "You're screwed with any kind of adjective," he cautioned, "but hopefully we'll get it out this year."

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Beck performed six songs from Morning Phase, some of which he had only played live once or twice, in a 16-song set at Apogee Studios, adding Donna Summer's "I Feel Love" to his own 2006 composition "Think I'm in Love" and offering a drawn-out reading of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" that fed into imitations of the late qawwali singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The concert will be broadcast on April 23 on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic and at, with MBE host Jason Bentley conducting the interview.

The first set wholly captured the moody dreamscape milieu of Morning Phase, sliding gently from new songs into "Lost Cause" from the album's sonic predecessor Sea Change. His five-piece band did a dramatic personality change for the final eight songs, instantly emphasizing spiky guitars and percussive elements while Beck sprang into his more animated self, best typified by "Devils Haircut."

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As Bentley pointed out in his interview, Beck's 50-minute sets at Coachella offer dips into more genres than any other performer on the bill. "It's not our show," Beck said, "so we try to come up with something that makes sense."

Beck plays Coachella again on April 20 and wraps the first leg of his Morning Phase tour on April 24 in El Paso, Texas. The tour will resume in June with six dates in the Northeast and Canada before wrapping on July 1 in New York's Central Park.

Set list: 

Golden Age
Blackbird Chains
Say Goodbye
Don't Let It Go
Waking Light
Country Down
Lost Cause
Blue Moon
Soldier Jane
Think I'm in Love --> I Feel Love (Donna Summer cover)
Devils Haircut
Soul of a Man
Black Tambourine
Billie Jean (Michael Jackson cover)

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