Beck talks about his new album, working with Jack White
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Beck talks about his new album, working with Jack White



Beck is one of a growing number of artists due to make a big comeback in 2014 and he has been talking a little more about 'Morning Phase', the album due to be released in February, his first collection of original, recorded music in six years.

In an interview with rolling Stone Beck revealed that some of the tracks actually date all the way back to 2005, during a studio session in Nashville. They did not work out at the time but during a return visit in 2011, working with Jack White things turned out a little better and several songs were recorder. Two of those 'Blue Randy' and 'I Just Started Hating Some People Today' were released as a 7" limited edition vinyl by White's Third Man Records but others, including 'Blackbird Chain, 'Country Down' and Walking Light' were held back for the new album.

Describing the style of the new album Beck said; "The songs are coming out of a California tradition. I’m hearing the Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young – the bigger idea of what that sound is to me.”

Beck also confirmed that a second album release should be coming in 2014 but that would not be a solo effort; “It’s still in flux. I’m thinking about the live show, a certain energy. That’s a whole other kind of writing – and difficult to do. You’re writing for a studio environment that is the antithesis of where the song is going to live.”

Finally Beck addressed the back injury that he had previously said was one of the biggest reasons for his long hiatus, revealing that the problems began as long ago as when he made 2008's 'Modern Guilt'; “Making that record was like doing it with both hands tied behind your back. It hurt to sing. I’m whispering through half of those vocals.”

Listen: Beck and Jack White - 'I Just Started Hating Some People Today'

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