Beck’s sum­mer disco ‘Dreams’

Los Angeles Times - - POP & HISS - By Au­gust Brown au­gust.brown @latimes.com

Just months af­ter Beck’s sur­pris­ing win for al­bum of the year at the Gram­mys, he’s back with a new sin­gle and a strik­ing new sonic di­rec­tion.

The singer-song­writer had ear­lier hinted at new mu­sic, post­ing art­work for a new song, “Dreams,” last week. Now the sin­gle has ar­rived, and it’s a much dancier re­ac­tion to the smooth bum­mer-folk of his ac­claimed “Morn­ing Phase.”

The song is built on a hard-strummed, garage­rock riff that quickly gets re­in­forced with a big disco pro­duc­tion. It’s dance mu­sic in­debted to the early Nile Rod- gers era, but with just enough glammy rock ’n’ roll, ’70s acous­tic gui­tars and re­ally strong hook-writ­ing to keep it grounded.

Beck has ex­per­i­mented with funk and club-friendly ma­te­rial on pre­vi­ous records such as “Mid­nite Vul­tures,” but this is per­haps his most mod­ern and overt floor-filler yet.

The song is avail­able for stream­ing and down­load, but there’s not yet any info about an up­com­ing LP to prop­erly fol­low up “Morn­ing Phase.” Surely, some­one’s al­ready slipped a “Yeezus” verse onto a remix of this, and we bet it sounds great.

Ri­cardo DeAratanha Los An­ge­les Times

BECK’S chan­nel­ing the early Nile Rodgers era on his new track, the funky, club-friendly “Dreams.”

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