Beck Talks New Album 'Colors' & That 'Trippy' Grammys Moment
More than two years after his album the year Grammy win for Morning Phase — the unexpected win that was protested by Kanye West, who felt Beyoncé deserved the award — Beck is readying the release his next LP, Colors, due in October.
“I've had some trippy things happen in my life,” Beck recently told Rolling Stone that night in 2015. “But that was up there, for sure.”
Colors, an album that Beck had apparently been working on for two years at the time accepting his Morning Phase Grammy, is full “complex songs all trying to do two or three things at once,” he says. “It's not retro and not modern. To get everything to sit together so it doesn't sound like a huge mess was quite an undertaking.”
Beck brought in producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Sia), who was a keyboardist on 2002's tour in support his Sea Change album. The pair recorded Colors, reported to be “relentlessly upbeat” and reflective Beck's marriage to Marissa Ribisi and fatherhood, in Kurstin's home in Los Angeles. Confirmed track titles include “Fix Me” and “Up All Night.”
“The best songs make you glad to be alive. It doesn't matter if it's Beethoven or the Monkees. That's what I was thinking about a lot,” Beck says.
Beck will hit the road with U2 in September, opening a handful the band's stadium tour dates.