Former Sonic Youth bassist Kim Gordon is featured on a 15-minute extended release of Beck’s new single, “I Won’t Be Long.” As Rolling Stone reports, this extended version of the track was premiered by Seattle station 107.7 The End and features Gordon’s iconic voice toward the song’s conclusion.
“I Won’t Be Long” is Beck’s first new music since 2008’s Danger Mouse-produced Modern Guilt (unless you count his recently released Song Reader sheet music experiment — in which case, you and I have different definitions of “new music”). It’s hard to imagine how the 15-minute version will improve upon the five-minute original. It’s one of Beck’s loveliest, funkiest tracks in ages, built on spiraling vocal harmonies and intricate percussion.
Beck seems to have a lot of new music up his alt-rock sleeve: He recently announced plans to release two new albums (an all-acoustic effort, along with a batch of material he started back in 2008). In the meantime, he still has remaining dates for his acoustic summer tour.
07-27 Wantagh, NY – Americanarama Festival * !
07-28 Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival !
07-30 Portland, ME – State Theatre
08-02 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion ^
08-04 Brooklyn, NY – Prospect Park Bandshell (Celebrate Brooklyn) ^
* with Bob Dylan, Wilco, Ryan Bingham
^ with full band
! solo, acoustic