A follow-up to Sea Change? Yes, please.
Beck has announced his first album of new material since 2008?s Modern Guilt. Entitled Morning Phase, it will be released in February 25th through Beck’s new label, Capitol Records.
According to a press release, Morning Phase “has been described as a companion piece of sorts” to Beck’s 2002 acclaimed album Sea Change. It features many of the same who played on that record (and who also currently accompany him live), specifically Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner. The press release also notes that “Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of that record, while surging forward with infectious optimism.”
Beck recently revealed to Rolling Stone that the musicians from Sea Change are making a comeback. Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker (currently of Atoms for Peace), Smokey Hormel, and Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Beck described the record as coming from the tradition of "California music" and said, "I'm hearing the Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young—the bigger idea of what that sound is to me."
Update: Beck, Lily Allen and Jenny Lewis to debut songs on 'Girls'. But the most interesting fact is that the Beck track is taken from Morning Phase! Stay tuned!
Update #2: Listen to a cut from "Blue Moon" below, as the new album is being put on vinyl. The album cover has also been updated to the official one. Stay tuned for more!
Update#3: Blue Moon has now been officially released on iTunes. A pre-order link for the album has also been added below.