Beck Says A Spinal Injury Has Slowed His Musical Output

Written by Tom Williams on 18th November, 2013

Beck Says A Spinal Injury Has Slowed His Musical Output

American musician Beck (Bek David Campbell) has admitted that a spinal injury is the reason for his lacklustre musical output over recent years. Talking to Argentine newspaper Página/12, Beck has revealed that the condition prevented him from performing altogether.

The newspaper published their interview in Spanish, and The Future Heart has now provided us with an English translation, which notes that Beck explained, “I had severe damage to my spine, but now it’s improving, so I’m back in the music… It was a long, long recovery. Lately, I concentrated on playing guitar. Do not think I can move again as before, although I can give a lot onstage.”

When questioned about why his focus has been on production in recent years (working with Thurston Moore, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Stephen Malkmus for example), Beck acknowledged that “health problems” had stopped him from performing his own work. He has been writing his own music, admitting that he recorded an album in late 2008 but didn’t release it because it “stopped ringing fresh”. He then tried once again in 2010, but is now working on other projects for his own label.

Beck’s new ‘stand alone’ album Morning Phase has been slated for a February 2014 release, and is said to be a sort of companion piece for 2002's quite acoustic album Sea Change. Beck has also mentioned that he’s working on another album as a follow-up to 2008's Modern Guilt. Watch Beck’s 2013 single Gimme below, which may or may not appear on one of those two forthcoming releases.

Watch: Beck – Gimme


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