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Beck
"Up All Night"
4 mins 25s
8 September 2017
UK Promos

We were beginning to suspect that the continually delayed follow-up to Morning Phase meant Beck must be suffering from difficult, er, thirteenth album syndrome. But it appears Colors is finally coming out in October, and 'Up All Night' is the latest single to be released from it.

First released last year, it gets a fresh lease of life thanks to the trippy promo by directing collective CANADA - and the richly imagined party shenanigans they've created is jam-packed with visual nuggets that make it a pleasure to revisit over and over.

The party in question is at that post-buzz stage when everyone is the worse for wear and not a lot will be remembered in the morning. How did that sheep get in? Who was that guy with his head in the toilet? What prompted that mass human spawning scenario in one of the rooms?

These and other questions will go unanswered. But meanwhile, on a pool table, a boy slumps in a booze-induced coma. As fellow party goers draw on his face and squeeze toothpaste in his hair, his good friend and superhero is on her way to save him.

The song itself is a grower: it starts out poppy and anodyne, but bursts into a chorus that sweeps you up and carries you along. Equally, CANADA's promo does the same. There's a joyousness in the imaginary rescue, and it's great to see an amour-plated woman carrying her wilting ward in her strong arms rather than the other way round.

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Greg said:

Like to see the 'creds' for that.


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Beck
"Up All Night"
4 mins 25s
8 Sep 2017
'Up All Night' is the latest single to be released from Beck's upcoming thirteenth album Colors. First out last year, the track now gets a fresh lease of life thanks to the trippy promo by directing collective CANADA - and the richly imagined party shenanigans they've created is jam-packed with visual nuggets that make it a pleasure to revisit over and over.

Beck
"Morning Phase album sampler"
8 mins 02s
14 Mar 2014
As a showcase for his new album Morning Phase, this really doesn't sell it. Beck personally chose a terrific photographer, Eliot Lee Hazel, to make eleven short films to capture the mood of each track... yet the result is tedious. We suspect Hazel has been told what to do and has made the best of it... but the entire eight minutes consists of a figure glumly trudging though some breathtaking landscapes in a way that makes you want to yell 'get your hair cut and cheer up, you miserable bastard; look around and appreciate where you are'.

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