So far, the Song of Summer contenders include Taylor Swift’s chart-topper, Fetty Wap’s twisted love song, and Walk the Moon’s year-old dance command, but nothing for alt-rock fans. Enter Beck. Now that he’s an Album of the Year Grammy winner, Beck has gone and done the only thing Beck would do and made an album that sounds nothing like the album that won him said Grammy. Or at least that’s what “Dreams,” the first single from his yet-to-be-named follow-up to 2014’s Morning Phase, suggests. Rather than build on the pensive acid trip of that album, Beck’s back to being fun again — which means 2015 Beck sounds a lot like Beck circa Guero. The song’s co-produced by Sia fave Greg Kurstin and co-written by Miike Snow’s Andrew Wyatt, making for a booming bona fide hit usually outside of Beck’s purview. Call it the Kanye effect.
Return of the Beck. Photo: Taylor Hill/Getty Images