If you think his new album sounds a bit "dusty," Beck won't take it personally. In fact, it's probably a compliment.
For his sixth major-label album, the eclectic songwriter is working with the Dust Brothers, a.k.a. the production duo of Mike Simpson and John King, who helped him craft 1996's Odelay and 1999's Midnite Vultures. The album was recorded and is currently being mixed in Los Angeles in preparation for an October release date, according to Beck's publicist.
Although it may contain a few somber tunes, the as-yet-untitled album is expected to be a complete shift from Beck's last LP, 2002's Sea Change, which brimmed with wistful, melancholy ballads.
The new songs are noticeably more upbeat, and considering the Dust Brothers' track record, which includes work with the Beastie Boys (Paul's Boutique) and Hanson (Middle of Nowhere), the new album should be a lot more danceable.
Since the release of Sea Change, Beck has covered "Everybody's Gotta Learn Sometime," a 1980 tune by British group the Korgis, for the soundtrack to "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind." He'll also be recording a rendition of Daniel Johnston's "True Love Will Find You in the End" for the upcoming Johnston tribute album, Covered, Uncovered, due August 24.