Beck: "Blue Moon" kicks off Morning Phase, a new album out soon. (AUDIO)

Beck’s Upcoming Album Sounds Lovely So Far

Beck’s Upcoming Album Sounds Lovely So Far

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Jan. 21 2014 2:07 PM

Beck’s Upcoming Album Sounds Lovely So Far

Beck’s next album, out on Feb. 25, is a “companion piece of sorts” to his 2002 LP Sea Change, one that reportedly provides an optimistic counterpoint to that sometimes melancholic earlier collection. The title, Morning Phase, suggests a hopeful dawn—though it also evokes “mourning” (and, who knows, might even allude to an obscure acid-folk act from the U.K., Mourning Phase, and their one, self-titled record).

The first track has a nocturnal title—“Blue Moon”—and what at least sound like despairing lyrics. (“Lies you tried to hide/ Behind your eyes/ Don’t leave me on my own,” etc.) The music, though, is lovely and upbeat and has me looking forward to the rest of the album.

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David Haglund is the literary editor of NewYorker.com.