Beck Returns To The Pop Fold With New Song “Dreams”

Carl Williott | June 15, 2015 8:52 am
Beck's "Defriended"
This 2013 loosie marks the last time we heard Beck get playful.

Pretty soon after releasing the placid, contemplative Morning Phase, Beck indicated that his next album would be more in line with the upbeat, genre-clashing material on Odelay and Guero. And today (June 15) he has premiered “Dreams,” the first song from the follow-up to his 2015 Album of the Year winner, and it shows he’s a man of his word.

It’s a danceable track built on some chunky riffs and a couple slick hooks with Beck flexing his falsetto, and a Black Keys-adjacent bridge that finds the singer politely commanding, “Stop fucking with my dreams.” It falls right into that pop-rock sweet spot that flourished in the late ’90s/early 2000s.

While doing the press rounds for Morning Phase in 2014, Beck said he wanted to next release “something that is a lot more up, and energetic, and melodic,” and told Billboard he lined up some big collaborators for the project, including Pharrell. In keeping with all that, Diffuser reports that “Dreams” was written by Beck, Greg Kurstin (pop producer extraordinaire and half of The Bird And The Bee) and Andrew Wyatt (of Miike Snow). The song was produced by Beck and Kurstin.

Hear it below and let us know if you think Kanye would approve.

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