July 3, 2013 9:04

Beck reveals new single 'I Won't Be Long' – listen

US musician follows up 'Defriended' with another new track

Beck has unveiled a brand new, stand-alone single called 'I Won't Be Long'.

The single, which you can stream in full above, follows another new Beck song, the electronica-inspired 'Defriended', which the US musician unveiled last month. 'I Won't Be Long' will be released on July 8 as a 12" single, with a 14-minute-long remix also set to be made available to fans.

Speaking exclusively to NME about his latest project, Beck said that although he'll be releasing plenty of new material in the near future, he has no firm plans to make an album. "For 10 years I've been talking about putting out a series of 12-inch singles, one at a time. But I was holding them back 'cos I wasn't sure what I was doing with them. And I just wanted people to hear them."

Later this week, Beck will be heading up a special 'Song Reader' night at London's Barbican on July 4, in which songs from last year's sheet music-only album will be performed. The line-up for the night will include Beck himself alongside Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand and Charlotte Gainsbourg. Beth Orton, Joan Wasser, Villagers frontman Conor J O'Brien, The Staves, Guillemots, Michael Kiwanuka, James Yorkston and The Pictish Trail will all also perform.

Beck played tracks from 'Song Reader' in public for the very first time at the Rio Theater in Santa Cruz in May. 'Song Reader' was released in December 2012, and includes 20 songs and more than 100 pages of art. Beck's idea for the release is that the listener becomes the artist, with all 20 songs open to interpretation by different individuals.

To read the full interview with Beck, pick up this week's magazine.
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