Beck opens up about new album ‘Morning Phase’

US singer-songwriter also teams up with Jack White on new record

Beck has spoken further about his forthcoming album ‘Morning Phase’.

The US singer-songwriter has revealed that three tracks – ‘Waking Light’, ‘Blackbird Chain’, and ‘Country Dawn’ were recorded at Jack White’s Third Man Records and he described the record, which is due out next February, as coming from the tradition of “California music”. He told Rolling Stone: “I’m just fumbling around with chords and a mood. The songs are coming out of a California tradition. I’m hearing The Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young – the bigger idea of what that sound is to me.”

He added: “There’s this feeling of tumult and uncertainty, getting through that long, dark night of the soul – whatever you want to call it. These songs were about coming out of that – how things do get better.”

Beck also revealed that he is already halfway through a follow-up album that he hopes to release later next year. He added: “It’s still in flux. I’m thinking about the live show, a certain energy. That’s a whole other kind of writing – and difficult to do. You’re writing for a studio environment that is the antithesis of where the song is going to live.”

‘Morning Phase’ is Beck’s first album in six years, coming after ‘Modern Guilt’ in 2008. The album is described as being a “companion piece” to the largely acoustic ‘Sea Change’, released in 2002, and will include a number of guest stars. Confirmed names set to appear on ‘Morning Phase’ include Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr, and Jason Falkner.