Beck‘s relatively diminished creative output in recent years is apparently the result of a serious spinal injury, according to a recent interview he gave to Argentine newspaper Página/12. As Rolling Stone points out, Beck hasn’t released a new album since 2008′s Modern Guilt, instead focusing on production for other artists, as well as unconventional projects like his Song Reader – a sheet-music-only release of 20 songs – and his live take on David Bowie‘s “Sound + Vision,” a viral hit from early this year. 2013 also saw the low-key release of three singles, “Defriended,” I Won’t Be Long,” and “Gimme.”
“I had severe damage to my spine, but 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.”
Beck’s next release is expected to be Morning Phase, a full-length album said to be in the vein of 2002′s somber Sea Change, slated for February 2014. Since 2008, he has apparently amassed quite a backlog of material that may or may not see the light of day.
In the meantime, if you haven’t heard the recent singles, listen below. “Defriended” is evokative of Radiohead’s cut-and-paste electro jams. “I Won’t Be Long” is like a lost, tight ’80s single. And “Gimme” is a xylophone-heavy mix between 1998′s underrated Mutations and, well, all of these other things.
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