Beck’s Atmospheric New Song ‘Dark Places’ is Made for Driving Around in the Middle of the Night — Listen

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On Nov. 22, seven-time Grammy Award winner Beck will add to his unpredictable and captivating catalog with a new album, Hyperspace, his first since 2017’s Colors.

The latest song premiered as a preview of the record is “Dark Places,” and this one definitely qualifies as mood music of the most affecting variety. Very soothing synth sounds begin the track, a midtempo aural journey that probably sounds divine driving late at night with the windows down or on headphones as you sit on the back porch of a an exotic hotel, staring off at nothing in particular.

Hyperspace is shaping up to be one of the more arresting albums of Beck’s career, which is saying quite a lot given the wealth of styles and genres he’s explored over the years. The new song joins previously released singles, including “Uneventful Days’:

And the short album intro “Hyperlife”:

The album will also be one of Beck’s most collaborative efforts to date:

Seven of the album’s 11 tracks—including single “Uneventful Days” and “Saw Lightning” (as featured in the Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro campaign and also included with pre-orders)—feature co-writing and co-production from Pharrell Williams. Elsewhere in Hyperspace, “See Through” is co-written/co-produced by frequent Beck collaborator Greg Kurstin, “Star” is co-written/co-produced by Paul Epworth, “Stratosphere” features back-up from Chris Martin, the album’s title track features guest vocals from Terrell Hines, and “Die Waiting” is co-written/co-produced by Cole M.G.N. with backing vocals from Sky Ferreira. Longtime Beck bandmates Jason Falkner, Smokey Hormel and Roger Manning Jr. feature on much of the album as well.

Stay tuned!

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