Having completed his take on the Velvet Underground & Nico, Beck is now ready move on to his next task. For the second edition of his Record Club, the acclaimed musician will tackle Leonard Cohen’s 1967 album Songs of Leonard Cohen and has tapped the likes of MGMT, Devendra Banhart, Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale, and Little Joy’s Binki Shapiro to help him out.
An album is chosen to be reinterpreted and used as a framework. Nothing rehearsed or arranged ahead of time. A track is put up here once a week. As you will hear, some of the songs are rough renditions, often first takes documenting what happened over the course of a day. There is no intention to ‘add to’ the original work or attempt to recreate the power of the original recording. Only to play music and document what happens. And those who aren’t familiar with the albums in question will hopefully look for the songs in their definitive versions. ‘Songs Of Leonard Cohen’ by Leonard Cohen was chosen by Andrew from MGMT. For those interested, our close second choice was Ace Of Base, which we’ll keep on the list for next time.
Result #1 of Record Club #2 would be track #1 from Songs of Leonard Cohen, this of course being “Suzanne”. Watch below.