The always innovative Beck added an old spin to new music last December when he released a book of sheet music containing new original tunes called Song Reader. Since Song Reader came out, its songs have been interpreted by a who’s who of musicians, but not by Beck himself. According to Spin, that will change on July 4.
Beck will team will an all-star cast that includes Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker, Franz Ferdinand, the Staves, the Guillemots, Michael Kiwanuka, James Yorkston, Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg and the Pictish Trail to perform tracks from Song Reader at London’s The Barbican on July 4. Spin reports that more acts will be announced later. The house band backing these wonderful musicians will be made up of drummer Seb Rochford, bassist Tom Herbert, and guitarist Dave Okumu under the musical direction of Ed Harcourt and David Coulter.
As we reported earlier, Beck will perform a handful of shows in the Northeast this summer.