Nate Ruess – “What This World Is Coming To” (Feat. Beck) (Stereogum Premiere)

Fun. frontman Nate Ruess worked with Beck on “What This World Is Coming To,” the latest advance track from Ruess’ debut solo album, Grand Romantic. As such, the track applies some of that award-winning Morning Phase artistry to the bigger-than-life pop-rock sound Ruess and his bandmates crafted on Some Nights. As the singer laments the state of affairs both global and personal, acoustic strums and gently cascading harmonies give way to electrified bombast and ceiling-smashing falsetto. Here’s what Ruess had to say about the song’s creation:

Working with, and getting a chance to learn from Beck has been an incredible experience. Not only does he put more studio time in than anyone I know, his back catalogue of musical references is unattainable to us mere mortals. I’d let it slide — but he also happens to be a wonderful person and family man to boot. Did I mention his guitar chops? Here’s hoping we get another chance to work together soon. I won’t act like I’m texting while I’m nervously filming him shred.

Listen below.

Grand Romantic is out 6/16 via Fueled By Ramen. Pre-order it here.

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