The latest song premiered as a preview of the record is “Dark Places,” and this one definitely qualifies as mood music of the most affecting variety. Very soothing synth sounds begin the track, a midtempo aural journey that probably sounds divine driving late at night with the windows down or on headphones as you sit on the back porch of a an exotic hotel, staring off at nothing in particular.
Hyperspace is shaping up to be one of the more arresting albums of Beck’s career, which is saying quite a lot given the wealth of styles and genres he’s explored over the years. The new song joins previously released singles, including “Uneventful Days’:
And the short album intro “Hyperlife”:
The album will also be one of Beck’s most collaborative efforts to date:
Seven of the album’s 11 tracks—including single “Uneventful Days” and “Saw Lightning” (as featured in the Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro campaign and also included with pre-orders)—feature co-writing and co-production from Pharrell Williams. Elsewhere in Hyperspace, “See Through” is co-written/co-produced by frequent Beck collaborator Greg Kurstin, “Star” is co-written/co-produced by Paul Epworth, “Stratosphere” features back-up from Chris Martin, the album’s title track features guest vocals from Terrell Hines, and “Die Waiting” is co-written/co-produced by Cole M.G.N. with backing vocals from Sky Ferreira. Longtime Beck bandmates Jason Falkner, Smokey Hormel and Roger Manning Jr. feature on much of the album as well.