You read that title right. Beck’s newest album will have ZERO MUSIC. Read the write up he had for it below: (you can see the original text on his website.)
Beck has also confirmed details of the long-gestating BECK HANSEN’S SONG READER, to be released December 2012 by McSweeney’s:
“In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of- home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.
The songs here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,” bringing them to life depends on you.
BECK HANSEN’S SONG READER features original art from Marcel Dzama (who created the imagery for Beck’s acclaimed Guero), Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, and many more, as well as an introduction by Jody Rosen (Slate, The New York Times) and a foreword by Beck. The package measures 9.5” x 12.5” with 108 pages comprising 20 individual full-color song booklets—18 featuring original lyrics, and 2 instrumentals—with covers from more than a dozen different artists.
Beck has always been an interesting artist. He literally has reinvented himself album after album after album and some of his stuff is really amazing. But let me get this straight: You will give us the songs, written on paper. You will give us paintings and scenes of what the “feel” of each song should be. You will give us instruments to play the music. But you will not the record the music.
Now this will be different for different groups of people:
For musically talented stoners who love Beck, this will literally be the greatest thing on the face of the Earth. Basically you get to make your own song, and have Beck compose it for you. He gives you the notes but you can still make it your own. And say what you want about Beck, but he has some good songs. You can literally be a part of his creative process.
I say that above section with zero sarcasm. I’m serious. That will be fun as hell. Honestly, if I could play instruments and read music well enough to play songs, I would be first in line to buy this album. However, unfortunately as much as I love music, I cannot play it. And I’m sure there are a lot more who can’t either. So unfortunately, for them this will be not as enjoyable.