Beck wants to have a little fun with the artwork for his upcoming album, “The Information,” and he wants his fans to contribute. The set, due Oct. 3 via Interscope, will feature blank packaging and one of four sets of sticker sheets designed by artists from the U.S. and Europe, allowing consumers to customize the cover however they wish.
Although details have yet to be announced, a contest is in the works to select the best album cover creation, with final approval coming from Beck himself. Plans also call for displaying the sticker designs at select art galleries.
In addition, “The Information” will include a video for each of its 15 tracks, led by a Michel Gondry-directed clip for “Cell Phone’s Dead.” A video for the thumping first single “Nausea” that incorporates footage from the Beck-scored skateboarding documentary “1st and Hope” is already making the rounds on YouTube, but it appears a different video will appear on the DVD.
“Nausea” and album track “Strange Apparition” are now streaming on Beck’s Web site. The project also features such tracks as the echo-laden, psychedelic “Movie Theme,” the bass-heavy, “Midnite Vultures”-esque “1000 BPM,” the strummy “No Complaints.”
Beck plays the first of two shows with Radiohead tonight (Aug. 22) in Edinburgh. His lone upcoming U.S. show is Sept. 30 at the San Francisco-area edition of the Download Festival, although a fall tour is in the works.