Beck’s New Album To Be Sheet Music

Literally – “sheet music” is the
format, not the title.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

That soft-palate clucking sound you heard this week? It was the sound of
jaws dropping everywhere after McSweeney’s and Beck dropped the following
tidbit:
Beck Hansen’s Song Reader is
en route and set for a December release, via McSweeney’s and  in “an almost-forgotten form – twenty songs
existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or
recorded.” That’s right; not CD, not LP, not even cassette, but in published
form.

 

McSweeney’s continues: “Complete with full-color, heyday-of-
home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying
case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of
2012 -an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and
that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.The songs
here are as unfailingly exciting as you’d expect from their author, but if you
want to hear “Do We? We Do,” or “Don’t Act Like Your Heart Isn’t Hard,”
bringing them to life depends on you.”

 

Product details:

 

-original art from Marcel Dzama (who created the imagery for Beck’s
acclaimed Guero), Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische, and many more;

-introduction by Jody Rosen (Slate, The New York Times);

-foreword by Beck;

-package measures 9.5″ x 12.5″ with 108 pages comprising 20 individual
full-color song booklets (18 featuring original lyrics, and 2 instrumentals) with
covers from more than a dozen different artists.

 

 

 

 

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