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Beck fans won’t have to wait much longer for a new album… that is, if they can play the music themselves.
The alt-rock veteran announced on Wednesday (Aug. 8) via his website that he will partner with McSweeny’s to release a 20-song album in an “almost-forgotten form” — sheet music! — in December. The music from Beck Hansen’s Music Reader, including new songs “Do We? We Do” and “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” won’t be performed by the man himself. Select renditions of the songs will then be featured on McSweeny’s website for less musically inclined fans to enjoy.
Aside from the sheet music, Beck Hansen’s Song Reader will include 108 pages worth of material and 20 individual song booklets, with “full color, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art” for each track from artists such as Marcel Dzama (who did the artwork for Beck’s Guero), Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische and more. There will also be an introduction by Slate‘s Jody Rosen and a foreword from the mastermind himself, Beck.
Before the collection of sheet music is unveiled, however, Beck will perform a “secret” show at Bimbo’s in San Francisco on Thursday night. Tickets for the show are on sale now.
Earlier this year, Beck collaborated on a single, “I Just Started Hating Some People Today,” with Jack White for his Third Man Records imprint.
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