Last year, Beck released Song Reader, an album that was only available as sheet music; it’s still the closest thing to a proper album he’s dropped since 2008′s Modern Guilt. Beck has resisted any and all requests to play songs from the album live, so we’ve only heard those songs in our imagination’s version of Beck’s voice, not in Beck’s actual voice. That’s about to change.
In a stunningly unpatriotic act, Beck will leave his homeland behind on the fourth of July, playing the album in full at London’s Barbican, with an assortment of famous friends helping him out, as Spin reports. Guests will include Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beth Orton, Joan As Police Woman, Michael Kiwanuka, the Villagers’ Conor J. O’Brien, the Guillemots, the Staves, James Yorkston, and the Pictish Trail. Ed Harcourt and David Coulter will serve as musical directors, and more guests will be announced.
Meanwhile, Beck is also playing music from a forthcoming acoustic album at a few forthcoming shows.