Beck’s newest project Song Reader has taken music back to it’s roots. Releasing his new material only as sheet-music, Beck has provided blueprints for fans allowing them to add their own personal twist on songs written by him. During a recent appearance on WNYC’s Soundcheck radio show, Magnetic Fields singer Stephin Merritt sat down and performed one of the songs from Beck’s Song Reader, while Beck was on the phone.
Demonstrating the true essence of Beck’s project, Merritt put his own stripped-down style to the song “Old Shanghai.” Using a small toy piano that has been mounted on a tambourine which was off kilter because it’s sitting on a pen, Merritt has brought the tale of walking through Old Shanghai to life.
To hear Stephin Merritt’s “Old Shanghai,” scroll over to the 10:30 mark on the link below, or you can listen to the entire interview of Beck discussing his Song Reader on Soundcheck. To hear more renditions of tracks off Song Reader check out it’s website here.