Surely, one of the most dazzling acts on the touring circuit right now is Beck, who in support of his new record Morning Phase, is putting on some of the most memorable shows in recent memory. His tour is charged with energy, playfulness, and glints of both inspiration and improvisation.
Though Morning Phase may have not been a great leap in direction for the multi-faceted virtuoso, the record prides itself on its quiet moments, and Beck makes sure to highlight them during his mostly electric-powered performances.
Last night, Beck and his supreme band appeared on The Colbert Report. First joking about the hushed nature of the new record (“It’s good for massages,” he laughs) Beck then proceeded to faultlessly showcase the alluring Heart is a Drum, only to follow it up with Heaven’s Ladder from Song Reader. Both interview and performances are well-worth viewing, and you can watch them below.
Heart is a Drum:
In addition to contributing his rendition of I’m Down to the Beck Song Reader, Jack White also joined Beck on stage in Providence last week for a twenty-five minute encore, performing Pay No Mind, Loser, and Where It’s At with his band, and being accompanied by Sean Lennon on the latter. Below, you can watch those performances as well, courtesy of YouTube’s very own “Jack.”
Pay No Mind and Loser:
Where It’s At:
Today also saw the release of Beck Song Reader, as performed by an assortment of distinctive musicians. Beck himself only sings on Heaven’s Ladder, leaving the rest of his compositions to be performed by the likes of Norah Jones, Jack Black, Tweedy, Laura Marling, Jarvis Cocker, and Jack White. Listen to it below, courtesy of Spotify.