Ever since Beck’s 2015 album Morning Phase took home the Grammy for Album of the Year, fan’s have long awaited the arrival of the industry veteran’s 13th studio album. Finally, Colors is expected to hit shelves this October.
Produced by Greg Kurstin, all of the instruments on the album were played by either Kurstin or Beck himself, and the album was recorded and produced over the course of three years. In fact, the duo had already been working on Colors for two years when Beck won his Grammys for Morning Phase. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Beck reflected on the precision needed to complete the album according to his vision:
I suppose the record could have come out a year or two ago. 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.
Beck considers the songs on Colors— from which he has already released three singles— to be cheerier overall than Morning Phase. Ever the cross-genre experimentalist, Beck shared his thoughts on how music’s effects on human emotion affected his creative process with this album. “The best songs make you glad to be alive,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s Beethoven or the Monkees. That’s what I was thinking about a lot.”
Beck’s singles from his upcoming album— “Wow,” “Dreams,” and “Up All Night”— are currently available to stream and purchase, so go check them out while we wait for Beck to announce an official release date for Colors.