Beck has had everyone waiting for his so-called "Prince and Beatles inspired" album since early 2014. One year went by, then another, and then another. And now here we are, after waiting forever, with an official release date, October 13, 2017.
We have to say, Colors, doesn't actually seem like something we're going to like all that much. I mean last year's “Wow” was an amalgamation of Beck freestyling about “Lamborghini Shih Tzus” and “pissing in the wind cause it’s so pine fresh” over damaged boom-bap beats. So weird. And don't you forget about the two club anthems that trickled out over the past two years, and which will also be included on Colors. The jock jam “Up All Night” was a forgettable entry into the sounds-kinda-like-subgenre of dance-pop, while 2015 single “Dreams” was an abrasive disco experiment. Either way, we feel we owe it to Beck's formidable career to at least listen once, maybe twice, and then either write it off, or claim it to be a 47-year-old musician's intriguing proposition that felt unexpected.
"Dear Life" is the latest release from the upcoming album Colors. Take what you will from the themes of surveillance that perpetuate the film clip, or the even the song itself, but we must say it sure is well done. Designed and directed by Portland-based creative studio Computer Team, the video took inspiration from Beck's album artwork, incorporating bold geometric shapes in bright colors to be juxtaposed against cinematic scenes: sometimes dark, sometimes strange, sometimes cryptic.