Ben David Campbell, otherwise known to us fans as Beck, American singer, songwriter, record producer, and multi-instrumentalist, mostly known for his musical composition, as well as a palette of sonic genres, was born into an artistic, Scientologist family in Los Angeles, California, in 1970, Beck began playing music in local coffeehouses around 1990, and has been astounding and delighting critics with his unique output ever since. Beck released his first hit single, "Loser," from his debut album, ‘Golden Feelings’, in 1993. The following year, he released his third studio album, ‘Mellow Gold’, which was a hit. Later albums include ‘Odelay’ (1996), ‘Guero’ (2005) and ‘Morning Phase’ (2014). Beck's music has been deemed a witty fusion of rock, folk, rap and hip-hop.
And now he is back to delight us again with his much anticipated 13th album ‘Colors’. Beck and his producer, Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia), played all the instruments on the album themselves, fitting in sessions while Kurstin also worked on Foo Fighters and Halsey’s new LPs. ‘Colors’ actually marks a reunion for Kurstin and Beck, as the former was a keyboardist in the latter’s band on 2002’s Sea Change tour.
The long-gestating record was in the works for almost two years by the time Beck accepted his Morning Phase Grammys. “I suppose the record could have come out a year or two ago,” Beck told RS. “But these are complex songs all trying to do two or three things at once. It’s not retro and not modern. To get everything to sit together so it doesn’t sound like a huge mess was quite an undertaking.”
As for the songs themselves, they’re said to be cheerier and more experimental than Beck’s last LP, something attributed to his happiness with his wife, Marissa Ribisi. Those good feelings permeate the music, an experimental collage of bright pop sounds. “The best songs make you glad to be alive,” said Beck. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Beethoven or the Monkees. That’s what I was thinking about a lot.”