Back in the summer, Beck dropped the single “Dreams,” which was one of the best tunes of 2015. It felt like a great victory lap following his surprise victory at the Grammys, where he not only took home Best Rock Album but also Album of the Year for the lovely, lilty Morning Phase.
But “Dreams” arrived untethered to a formal album, and though there are still no concrete details about a title or a release date, new music is definitely on its way. “Dreams” was co-written and co-produced with Greg Kurstin, and Beck and Kurstin have continued to work together. “We’re just trying to finish those [songs] up in the beginning of the year,” explains Kurstin. “There’s a lot of variety, but it’s a lot more up-tempo than his last album. I think ‘Dreams’ is a small idea of what we have been working on.”
Kurstin worked with Beck for years as a member of his backing band, and the in-concert energy appears to be on his mind. “I think he’s really excited to do some live shows and bring in some more up tempo stuff to his live show,” Kurstin says. “We’ve been working on a lot of stuff that will be fun to play live. It reminds me of some of the first stuff I heard from Beck when I first got into him, like Odelay and Midnite Vultures. It’s really fun and beat-driven. There’s all kinds of different things, and it’s really fun.”
The next Beck album, which will be his 13th, promises to be pretty great: Not only is he working on tracks with Kurstin, but he has also teamed up with Nile Rodgers.