Beck performs 'Song Reader' with Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand – watch

Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg and The Mighty Boosh also performed

Beck performs 'Song Reader' with Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand – watch

Photo: Andy Willsher/NME

Beck performed his 'Song Reader' album – which was released in a book of sheet music last year – in full last night (July 4) with Jarvis Cocker and Franz Ferdinand – scroll down to watch footage of it.

Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg and The Mighty Boosh also joined Beck onstage at London's Barbican. A house band comprising of Seb Rochford, Tom Herbert and The Invisible's Dave Okumu also performed throughout the night, with music direction courtesy of Ed Harcourt and David Coulter.

'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.

Beck will follow up last night's gig with solo shows in Cambridge and London on July 6 and 7 respectively. He also recently released two new tracks - 'Defriended' and 'I Won't Be Long'. Speaking exclusively to NME about his latest projects, 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."

Beck will play:

Cambridge Corn Exchange (July 6)
London Union Chapel (7)


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