Beck has released a new ‘Saw Lightning (Freestyle)’ video which captures the Grammy-winning artist stripping his latest single down to its bare bones.
Rendered in striking minimalist black and white, ‘Saw Lightning (Freestyle)’ relies solely on the impact of raw talent and passion: a man, a harmonica, a camera and nothing more. Beck’s vocals, stomping feet and solo harmonica somehow fill the same space occupied on the original by his raw acoustic slide guitar and Pharrell Williams’ drums, keyboards and mumbles. You can check it out below.
Directed by Giovanni Ribisi and edited by Nick Roney, ‘Saw Lightning (Freestyle)’ is a radically different take on Beck’s first single from his forthcoming 14th album, Hyperspace, due out sometime in the future on Capitol Records. Surprise released on 15 April, 2019, ‘Saw Lightning’ was made available simultaneously as a single and as the score to the Beats by Dr. Dre Powerbeats Pro campaign, directed by Grammy-winner Hiro Murai.
Beck will spend the remainder of the summer co-headlining the Night Running Tour with Cage The Elephant-named for ‘Night Running.’ Cage The Elephant’s single features Beck and it is included on the band’s Social Cues album. The co-headlining tour begins on 11 July at the Sunlight Supply Amphitheater in Ridgefield, WA.
2019 has been a busy year even by the prolific veteran musician’s standards. Prior to ‘Saw Lightning’, he released the song ‘Tarantula’ from the album Music Inspired by Roma; the song ‘Super Cool’ (featuring Robyn & the Lonely Island) from The Lego Movie 2. As uDiscover Music recently reported, he’s also teamed up with The Bird and the Bee – the duo of singer Inara George and producer Greg Kurstin – for a striking cover of Van Halen’s ‘Hot for Teacher.’ The track will appear on The Bird and the Bee’s upcoming covers album, Interpreting The Masters: A Tribute to Van Halen, which is due out on 8 August.
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