Beck is set to release his brand new album in the form of individual pieces of sheet music.
‘Song Reader’ will be put out by publishers Faber and Faber in December, and will consist of the notation for 20 unrecorded and unreleased songs.
The sheet music will come with full colour art works for each song as well as a hardcover carrying case. Two of the 20 songs are instrumentals. The ‘album’ features the tracks ‘Do We? We Do’ and ‘Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard’. The idea behind the release is for fans to play the songs and ‘bring them to life’ themselves.
‘Song Reader’ is made up of 108 pages, featuring 20 individual song booklets. The illustrations come courtesy of Marcel Dzama, Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische and more.
Of ‘Song Reader’, Faber and Faber’s Publishing Director, Lee Brackstone said: “Beck is one of the great maverick pop stars of this, or any age, and as soon as I saw ‘Song Reader’ the relevance of the concept struck me. It is thrilling to welcome Beck onto a music list at Faber that is already home to Julian Cope, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Jarvis Cocker, Nicky Wire and others. ‘Song Reader’ makes a radical statement about the value and importance of performed and recorded music at a time when these very things are under threat.”
Beck’s last, more traditional album release was 2008’s ‘Modern Guilt’.