Midway between being a hyperkinetic "Loser" and someone adrift in the doldrums of a "Sea Change," Beck zaps us with "Gamma Ray," a new video from his forthcoming CD, Modern Guilt. The low-key, lo-fi sounds here (created in collaboration with Danger Mouse) are offset by Beck's trademark arty visuals and sly pop-culture signifying. Case in point: lyric references to blues classics "Smokestack Lightning" and "Terraplane Blues."
But not to worry, you don't need a decoder ring to enjoy it. Just watch and listen.