Beck is gearing up to premiere songs from an upcoming acoustic album during a handful of recently announced concerts this summer.
According to a press release, Beck will perform “special acoustic sets with minimal accompaniment” in Paris at the Days Off Festival (July 2), as part of the Americanarama Festival in Wantagh, NY (July 27) and again the following night at the Newport Folk Festival (July 28). He’ll use those shows to road-test the new songs as well as “best loved classics” from his extensive catalog.
In addition to the acoustic shows, Beck will bring out a full band for “a pair of full-on electric blow-outs,” scheduled for Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion on August 2 and Brooklyn’s Prospect Park on August 4. These shows are described as similar to what he delivered on the festival circuit last year, including the 2012 editions of Outside Lands and the Governors Ball.
Beck’s forthcoming acoustic album “is best described as a self-contained work, one that came in the form of a burst of inspiration following the completion of last year’s groundbreaking Song Reader sheet music album,” the unorthodox 2012 title he released through publisher McSweeny’s.
A release date for the new album has yet to be announced.