By Shannon Carlin
With his 12th album, Morning Phase, Beck returns to the quiet sound of his 2002 album, Sea Change, but don’t worry it’s not a carbon copy of that one. Instead, Beck told NPR’s All Songs Considered, that after dealing with some personal issues, which included a back injury that kept him from performing, he was looking to reinvent himself. What he created were intimate and intricate tracks that start with an acoustic guitar and build from there. Often incorporating layers of strings composed by his dad, David Campbell. NPR recommends you skip ahead to the sixth track, “Wave” to see just how far Beck’s come since 2002.
Stream Beck’s first new album since 2008’s Modern Guilt here.
While Beck hasn’t recorded a proper LP in six years, Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, has only been gone two short years. In the weeks leading up to the release of her self-titled fourth album, she’s given fans a taste of her latest, performing tracks like “Prince Johnny,” “Digital Witness” and “Birth in Reverse” for Diane von Furstenberg’s runway show during New York City Fashion Week.
Clark went even more eccentric for her latest album, dabbling with horns and more electronic beats, but as NPR explains, “One listener’s eyebrow-raising rule-breaker is another’s genius. Annie Clark, more than many, is both.”
Stream St. Vincent’s latest here.