So, I thought I’d try to sum up for everyone what we know to expect from Beck over the next little while. Keep in mind, I only know what I read and hear, and Beck’s whims are subject to change (and expect them to!).
As usual, as Guero played out, there was talk of other albums in the queue. The one that sounds the most finished, the most likely to be released, is an apparent third album recorded with Nigel Godrich (producer of Mutations and Sea Change). The old version of Beck.com mentioned that a few of the songs Beck played live last February, but were not on Guero, were recorded for this album: the very hiphoppy ”One, Two” and “Knock Out.” You can read more of this at the Diskolito. Also keep in mind, Nigel did that kick-ass “Christian Dior Theme” with Beck too. So it does not appear that Beck & Nigel are doing the folky thing together anymore! As Diskolito notes, it’s more of a band record than Guero was too. Brian LeBarton, Beck’s keyboardist, mentioned on his website in August 2005 that he had recorded with Beck and Nigel. So it sounds like this project was stretched out over at least the first half of 2005 (when Beck wasn’t touring). I would hope this finds its way to release in 2006.
More recently, in November and December of 2005, Beck seems to have gone back into the studio for some fun. Brian LeBarton again posted before they started that it was going to be “fun-filled experimentation” with I’m assuming was the rest of the live band. Beck’s old friend and bassist and musical director, Justin Meldal-Johnsen, though was also involved according to his website for at least a week of recording in December. Justin described the sessions as “random stuff,” with lots of “style hopping and ludicrous enthusiasm.” What more could we want? As Brian called it, they did some “mad crazy recording.” Some of this ended up on Beck.com (“Sorrow,” “Day For Night,” “Untitled Song 2,” “Premonition” and the Nick Drake covers), but there is also “some other top secret shit that is just amazing and will in one form another hopefully come upon your ears at some point.”
So I think we’ve got very likely two possibilities leading the way: a Nigel Godrich record and this “top secret shit.” I do not really expect any more Guero singles… so bring some new albums on!
Also, at the moment, there’s some rumors of a spring tour in the US, but that’s all they are right now. We should know soon about that.
- Vin (Ghost)