So Beck has a new album called Modern Guilt coming out–well–that’s the thing, nobody knows when it’s coming out. I shouldn’t say “nobody,” cause I’m sure somebody knows. The album was produced by indie-minded-go-to-man, Danger Mouse (Brian Burton).
Who knew his little mash-up of Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles White Album a few years ago, would lead him to sought-after-producer glory? He’s worked magic with Gorillaz and his own joint project, Gnarls Barkley, as well as re-punching his indie-cred card by recently working with the Black Keys.
(left: Beck’s album’s finished and now we play the waiting game, but how long do we wait for?)
Since Beck is the granddaddy of genre bending (well since the early 90’s anyway), it’ll be interesting to see what the two come up with. Though we don’t know when the album will drop (hell, it could drop as I’m writing this post), we do know that there’s a guest collaboration with Cat Power on Modern Guilt (which is supposedly Beck’s final album on his major label deal).
You’ve gotta love modern-day music. Fed up with albums prematurely leaking, it’s quickly becoming a trend for artists (see Raconteurs), to finish an album, throw a couple ambiguous crumbs out to the public, and then surprisingly release the album when nobody’s expecting it.
Coming from the time when labels (both indie and major) would schedule release dates, then swiftly promote an album–then charge money for it, my musical equilibrium is happily being jarred by artists like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails giving out their albums for free, and artists like Beck and the Raconteurs building excitement and anticipation with an album that could be released at any second.
Note: A sample of Beck’s new single ,”Chemtrails,” can be heard on his webpage.