Carl Barat, Ed Harcourt to premiere Beck’s sheet music album in London

The indie musicians will play tracks from 'Song Reader' on December 3 at Rough Trade East

Ed Harcourt is set to lead an all-star indie band in order to premiere Beck‘s new sheet-music album release, Song Reader.

The band will comprise former Libertines man Carl Barat as well as former Beta Band member Steve Mason, The Duke Spirit‘s Liela Moss, Stealing Sheep and Megan Washington.

They will be playing select titles from Song Reader: Twenty New Songs by Beck at London’s Rough Trade East on December 3. The unrecorded sheet music album will be published by Faber on December 8.

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Beck has revealed that he is currently trying to finish work on a studio album, which he started four years ago. Speaking to Triple J – via Clash – he said:

“I started a record, largely recorded in 2008, so I’m trying to carve out some time from all the production work I’m doing to finish those songs before they become records from a lost era. It’s going on a half decade at this point.”

Beck’s last, more traditional album release was 2008’s ‘Modern Guilt’.

The sheet music for Song Reader will come with full colour artworks 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.