Beck Morning Phase 180g LP
180g Vinyl! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
Beck's First Album Of New Material Since 2008's Modern
2015 Grammy Award Winner for:
• Album Of The Year
• Best Rock Album
• Best Engineered Album, Non Classical
2015 Grammy Award Nominee for:
• Best Rock Performance - "Blue Moon"
• Best Rock Song - "Blue Moon"
Morning Phase is true to its title: the beginning of yet another amazing chapter in Beck's peerless career and catalogue. Featuring musicians who have backed him on many of his most acclaimed albums, as well as the current live shows widely hailed as the best of his career (Justin Meldal-Johnsen, Joey Waronker, Smokey Hormel, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., and Jason Falkner), Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of Beck's most classic ballads, all the while surging forward with undeniable optimism.
"...That album (Morning Phase), his first in five years, is "California
music," as Beck says before the show, sitting in the garden of his Buenos Aires
hotel. When he makes any album, he explains, "I'm just fumbling around with
chords and a mood. Hopefully something emerges." This time, he goes on, "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."
"That is an apt description of Beck's trip through the gently psychedelic
suspense and warming cosmic-cowboy reflection on Morning Phase. There are
combined echoes of mid-Sixties Scott Walker and Love's Forever Changes in the
slow bloom of the opening hymn "Wave." "Blackbird Chain," with its milky jangle
and dewy strings, and the plaintive "Unforgiven" evoke 1968's Notorious Byrd
Brothers and the floating introspection of David Crosby's 1971 classic, If I
Could Only Remember My Name."
"There are similarities in texture, velocity and personnel to Beck's quiet 2003
masterpiece, Sea Change. Beck, who produced Morning Phase, made it with the band
from the former record – the same guys on stage with him in Buenos Aires – while
his father, Sea Change orchestrator David Campbell, returned to help with brass
and string arrangements. But Beck is loathe to use the word "sequel" to
characterize Morning Phase. "It was going back to the same place," he says, "and
seeing where we're all at, like those Seven Up! movies, where they go back and
see those people every seven years."
"There is a fresh, expansive complexity to the grace and details on Morning
Phase: the Caribbean-flavored power pop of "Blue Moon"; the strutting banjo that
recalls Beck's teenage blues-hobo years in "Say Goodbye"; the Leslie-guitar
crescendo at the end of "Waking Light," summoning the spirit of George
Harrison's soloing in the Beatles' "Let It Be." Morning Phase also has a
specific, thematic weight. All 12 songs are set in dawn's early light, those
hours of awakening and reckoning at the start of each day when a relationship
can founder, end or begin anew..." - www.rollingstone.com
"It would be both unfair and inaccurate to call Morning Phase 'son of Sea Change' because as you listen you'll hear what you think are echoes of familiar songs and even production twists from your musical listening past but good luck pinning them down to specifics as they float lazily by on a bed of Joey Waronker's very deep kick drum bass, layers of cotton candy-ish reverb, picked banjo, strummed guitars (Beck, Jason Falkner) and synth derived "plinks" and "plunks". The musician lineup is as impressive as the sheer density of the string section." - analogplanet, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11
• 180g Vinyl
• Includes Download Card
3. Heart Is A Drum
4. Say Goodbye
5. Blue Moon
2. Don't Let It Go
3. Blackbird chain
5. Turn Away
6. Country Down
7. Waking Light