Hear Beck’s new Yanni cassette

Larry Ryan

At the end of “Que Onda Guero” – one of the standout tracks from Beck’s patchy 2005 album Guero – someone can be heard saying, “Let’s go to Cap’n Cork. They have the new Yanni cassette.” So now it seems oddly appropriate that Beck would choose the Greek new age composer (who’s suitably fond of moustache and long hair combos) for the next installment of his Record Club project, in which he gathers together a group of musicians to record cover versions of an entire album in one day.

For the latest effort he’s pulled in Tortoise and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth to cover Yanni’s 1994 album Live At The Acropolis. Previous recordings went for more tasteful artists – Velvet Undergound, Leonard Cohen, Skip Spence – but now he takes a somewhat ironic turn, though as I said, sort of fitting.

The first track “Santorini”, doesn’t actually feature Tortoise – apparently they arrive later on – just some session musicians I don’t recognise, Beck himself and Moore ad-libbing words over what was originally an instrumental. They cook up a bizarre sound.

The remaining songs will follow in weekly offerings over the next few months. Given that “Que Onda Guero” also namechecks Michael Bolton and James Joyce perhaps we’ll get recordings of Time, Love and Tenderness and Chamber Music somewhere down the line.

While I’m at it, here’s a video from Beck’s previous Record Club, when Liars, Os Mutantes and Annie Clark of St Vincent pitched in to cover INXS’s Kick. In this take, Clark and Angus from Liars duet on a beautiful version of “New Sensation”.

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