Ohhh mother, here we go. McSweeney’s have just dropped a musical bombshell with their announcement of this extraordinary musical release from Beck. No doubt a little fed up with the lack of record sales (blah blah blah) rather than getting all uppity about it, Beck has taken on the beast that is illegal downloading by releasing his new album in the form of a songbook of brand new, unrecorded material.
With the help of one of our favourites, Marcel Dzama, and a whole host of other illustrators, this carry-case of beautifully designed manuscripts cannot be listened to unless learnt and played by someone who is not Beck. Know anyone who’s handy on the guitar? CALL THEM. Can a family member read music? BUY IT FOR THEM. This is more than a revolutionary musical release, it’s an object of protest, and of acceptance, and should be appreciated by Beck fans, no, music fans everywhere.