Beck hasn't put out a new record since 2008's Modern Guilt. And sure, that's a long wait for fans eager for new music, but the ever-inventive songwriter has been far from dormant: From his diverse production work and Record Club video series to last year's sheet music album, Song Reader, Beck's remained as creative and productive as ever.
And this summer, he resurfaced in a big way, playing a run of acoustic shows in New York and at the Newport Folk Festival and (finally!) dropping a few new singles on his own record label, Fonograf. Now, Beck has premiered his third new single, "Gimme" over at NPR Music's All Songs Considered.
With "Gimme," Beck completes his trilogy of stand-alone songs that, when heard all together, seem tonally and musically linked. There's the wobbly and chopped electronic beats of "Defriended" and the sparkling, dreamy pop of "I Won't Be Long." And now there's "Gimme," a short percussive-driven track featuring heavily-filtered, robotic-sounding vocals and plenty of sonic noises filling out the corners of the mix.
None of these tracks will appear on Beck's forthcoming, so far unannounced full-length album (and possibly two albums) due sometime before the end of the year. And while these three songs may -- or may not -- serve as an indication of what's to come, with a musician like Beck, it's always fun following him no matter what direction turns.