Single review: ‘Dreams’ by Beck
Much to our delight, Beck has released a surprise single out of seemingly nowhere. After 2014’s critically acclaimed Morning Phase, ‘Dreams’ marks his return to a more electronic, dance orientated type of garage rock that he similarly explored in albums like Guero or The Information.
With a catchy guitar riff leading the tune, an extremely funky rhythm section is driven by Beck’s soaring vocal which dips in and out of an impressively preserved falsetto. Tastefully used samples and loops feature, which add great depth to the song. The refrain of ‘Dreams – she’s makin’ me hot’ is irresistibly catchy and is a classic Beck chorus.
The single genuinely draws on most aspects of style that Beck has explored in his twenty year career. The guitar driven garage tone is there, as well as the electronic sample utilising sound from later albums. There’s even a mid song funky yet dreamy breakdown, with a folk sounding guitar and perfect falsetto leading into the final chorus.
With Morning Phase only a year old, a new Beck album is a very exciting prospect to look forward to in the next year or so. While we only have this one single to go off, it seems the acoustic and ambient folk sound of his last offering will be left behind for a more lively, electronic rock vibe in his upcoming album.
Listen to the official audio of ‘Dreams’ below.