Beck Hansen is an innovator, an envelope-pusher, a shape-shifting musical chameleon who’s worn many different hats throughout his groundbreaking career. So it’s no surprise that his new album, Hyperspace, is a glammed-out, synth-heavy trip through 1980s-inspired compositions featuring the likes of Pharrell Williams among others.
The album, an intriguing if not totally outside-the-box addition to his versatile catalog of music, was released on Friday after a build-up that featured pre-release singles that ramped up anticipation for his follow-up to 2017’s Grammy-winning Colors.
As always with Beck albums, Hyperspace conveys a specific mood. This one sounds primed for spacing out in your house on a lazy afternoon or driving down the freeway late at night. It works in both scenarios, really, hitting affecting notes throughout the way.
Personnel-wise, Hyperspace is Beck’s most collaborative album 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.
Stream it below, via Spotify: