Beck to produce new Thurston Moore album

Pop chameleon lends his production skills to the Sonic Youth guitarist's third solo outing, Benediction

Beck has produced a new solo album by Sonic Youth guitarist Thurston Moore. The long-time friends collaborated at Beck's house in southern California to record Benediction, an LP due in 2011 on Matador.

"[We did it] at Beck's home studio, with him producing," Moore told the Philadelphia Weekly. "Beck sings and plays a little bit." Moore's third solo album also features harpist Mary Lattimore and violinist Samara Lubelski. "Samara and Mary both play on it quite extensively and very, very beautifully," Moore said. "Beck really put them through the paces."

This is not the first time that Beck and Moore have worked together. The pair have previously collaborated on the infamous 1998 noise cassette Kill Any/All Spin Personnel, and more recently on a cover of Yanni's Live at the Acropolis. Perhaps Benediction will evoke neither late-90s noise nor late-00s irony but instead this 1994 interview. Appearing on MTV's 120 Minutes, Beck and Moore seemed less like art-rock icons and more like stoned bozos. All it needs is some harp.


Sean Michaels

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