Beck Admits He’s ‘Tired of Being Alone’ in New Song ‘Blue Moon’
Hear the first new song from ‘Morning Phase’
BeckÂ ruminates on loneliness in “Blue Moon,” the lush and folky lead single from hisÂ forthcoming albumÂ Morning Phase. “I’m so tired of being alone,” he sings as the song begins and, before the first verse is done, he talks about a voice coming from “inside my silent asylum.” Musically, however, the track sounds anything but desolate. Heavy, airy drums encase what sounds like a pretty mandolin line and a piano’s booming bass keys propel the song, as a choir made up of many Becks sing, “Don’t leave me on my own.” It’s a song-focused style ”“ as opposed to something made from two turntables and a microphone ”“ that is similar to the sound he explored on his 2002 LPÂ Sea Change.Â
Beck had teased the track, which will featureÂ in an episodeÂ ofÂ GirlsÂ this season, on FridayÂ with a videoÂ showing off how his new record is being made ”“ literally. The 90-second clip showed how the vinyl edition of the album is manufactured, right down to showing someone affixing theÂ Morning PhaseÂ label to the center of the LP.
Morning PhaseÂ is set to come out on February 25th. It will be Beck’s 12th album and first since 2008, since the artist has been focusing more on producing and releasing the sheet-music albumÂ Song ReaderÂ in recent years. He saidÂ in a November interviewÂ with an Argentine newspaper that part of the reason he had been shying away from the spotlight was because he had suffered spinal damage. “Now it’s improving, so I’m back in the music,” he said. “It was a long, long recovery. Lately, I concentrated on playing guitar. Do not think I can move again as before, although I can give a lot onstage.”
Last June, a source close to Beck said that the artist was working onÂ two new albums, one being an acoustic release and a proper album to followÂ Modern Guilt. In late 2012, Beck toldÂ ROLLING STONE, “I have a bunch of songs I recorded about four years ago that I’m hopefully going to try to finish. I’m not sure if it’s relevant anymore.”
Listen to “Blue Moon” here: