Record of the Week! 27th November 2019

Beck - "Hyperspaces"

Our choice this week comes from veteran indie-popster Beck.

Beck Hansen, known as Beck, rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style, and became known for creating musical collages of wide genre styles. Today, he musically encompasses folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, synthpop, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. He has released 14 studio albums, as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.

Released on Capitol Records, Hyperspaces was co-produced by Beck and Pharrell Williams. Beck stated that he "had a few things" after concluding the tour for previous album, Colors, and "wanted to seize the moment" by working on his own project with Williams after Williams had asked Beck to work on a N.E.R.D album. He also revealed that their collaboration was initially "going to be a single or an EP, but [they] were both surprised when there was a body of work here".

Variety writer A.D. Amorosi wrote that "Beck and Pharrell Williams find new life in minimalist, cosmopolitan synth-pop" on the album, surmising that "the hard-to-hold hooks and spaciousness of "Hyperspace" are what makes it so intriguing". 

Previous albums to check out -

Mellow Gold (1994)
Odelay (1996)
The Information (2006)
Buy Hyperspaces