L.A. musician Beck continues to re-invent his sound and style even 20 years after he burst onto the scene with the catchy sample-laden Generation X anthem “Loser.”
By the way, you heard that right. “Loser” was almost 20 years ago. Soy un perdedor.
Since then, he has pushed the boundaries of music, creating virtual collages and paintings with his music without focusing on chart-topping success.
Last year, Beck released Song Reader, an album of sorts consisting of artwork and sheet music for 20 new songs.
And it looks like he will be modifying his style again — announcing that he is working on an entirely acoustic record, due out later this year.
Beck will give fans a taste of the album as he goes on a stripped-down acoustic tour this summer, showcasing both new music and old favorites.
A press release for the upcoming tour explains:
These very special performances will feature never before heard material from an upcoming acoustic record. The record can best be described as a self-contained work, one that came in the form of a burst of inspiration following the completion of last year’s groundbreaking Song Reader sheet music album.
Fans of Beck may have seen this change coming, considering the raw acoustic sound of “Looking For a Sign” from last year’s indie film Jeff, Who Lives At Home.
So far, only a handful of acoustic dates in the spring and summer have been announced — mainly in California and the Northeast. Hopefully, with the upcoming release of this new album, more shows will be added soon.
In the mean time, check out Beck’s “Looking For a Sign” and tell us what you think of his unplugged sound in the comments below.
May 19: Rio Theatre — Santa Cruz, California
May 20: Davies Symphony Hall — San Francisco, California
July 2: Days Off Festival — Paris, France
July 27: Americanarama Festival — Wantagh, New York
July 28: Newport Folk Festival — Newport, Rhode Island
July 30: State Theatre — Portland, Maine
August 2: Bank of America Pavilion — Boston, Massachusetts
August 4: Prospect Park Bandshell — Brooklyn, New York
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