All signs point to Beck and Danger Mouse pulling a stealth release of Modern Guilt. All signs also point to Modern Guilt being the album to restore faith in Beck’s untouchable changeling abilities. Danger and Hansen have been talking psych and rock and electronic minimalism and the ’60s, and today’s new listens (alongside a full serving of “Chemtrails“) wear that rubric well.
iLike‘s got the streams, including “Gamma Ray” (which opened the video teaser Beck put out yesterday) and “Orphans.” The latter has shades of folk blasted by big open-hat beats and electronic hazes — and a guest vocal from one Chan Marshall — but it’s “Gamma Ray”‘s big thwapping grooves that are calling for big single status. Definitely entrenched in the ’60s, and I’m definitely loving every second, right down to the Blue Note-d album art.