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Beck Announces Long-Awaited Album, Inspired By 2002's Sea Change

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Praise whoever it is you praise for this sort of thing, for after leading us along with a drip-feed of singles, an unrecorded album, and his very own record club , we finally have a release date for a bonafide new LP from the freshly-minted Capitol Records artist, Beck, on the horizon. According to early reports, the project is due out February 2014. To be clear, this isn’t just any record we now await, as in a press release issued today, the new album, entitled Morning Phase, will allegedly serve as a “companion piece of sorts” to Beck’s seminal and largely acclaimed 2002 masterwork, Sea Change. The letter-for-letter inscription of the aforementioned release certainly leaves fans squirming, reading, “Morning Phase harkens back to the stunning harmonies, song craft and staggering emotional impact of that record, while surging forward with infectious optimism." One thing's for sure - we'll be surging forward with infectious optimism until February rolls around. Alongside channeling the spirit of Sea Change, the new album is also set to feature many of the same musicians as the original work, including bassist Justin Meldal-Johnsen, who has kept busy working with the likes of NIN, M83, Drake, and more. Full album details are still forthcoming, but tide yourself over with our favorite of Beck’s recent string of one offs, “I Won’t Be Long," below.