Beck Performs 'Wave', A New Song Off His Upcoming 'Morning Phase' Album
Beck is about to release new material, and on Sunday night, he and a large band of friends/special guests (Jon Brion, John C, Reilly, Becky Stark, Childish Gambino, Jack Black, Jarvis Cocker, Van Dyke Parks, Jenny Lewis, Anne Hathaway,..) performed songs of his ‘Song Reader’, backed up by the Los Angeles Philharmonic (directed by Beck’s father David Campbell) in the fancy setting of the Walt Disney Music Hall downtown Los Angeles.
I know I should have gone, but I didn’t spot any good seats at an acceptable price,… man this gig was expensive! Plus I am not a fan of fancy, dressed-up shows where people listen to folk-pop-rock as if it was chamber music without even dare to cough or sneeze. These shows are heavy and too serious and they have a strict no picture policy by the way! But this didn’t stop someone to shoot the footage below, which proves that this type of policy never works and that Beck wasn’t kidding when he said his next album would be a follow-up of ‘Sea Change’. As a matter of fact, beside his ‘Song Reader’ tunes, he also performed a new one entitled ‘Wave’ off his upcoming ‘Morning Phase’ album, and the song is all about melancholic and sweeping string arrangements with heartbroken Beck vocals, as sad as they can be. It’s a super slow and emotional part, which works like a dramatic soundtrack sumptuously wrapping Beck’s voice, crying ‘isolation’ several times. But does he want us to go there again, into the darkest corners of the soul? I am not sure I am ready for more of that super depressive stuff, but I will probably fall for it all over again.
Recently, in an interview with Rolling Stones, Beck described the new album as ‘California Music’, saying, ‘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’… I am not sure of that, all I can hear in this song is his ‘Sea Change’ palette. On an ironic note, if you manage to film anything at these no-picture-policy shows, you become a sort of hero, whose video(s) is/are reported all over the blogosphere!