Wave (Beck song)

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Promotional single by Beck
from the album Morning Phase
Genre Symphonic rock, ambient
Label Capitol
Songwriter(s) Beck Hansen [1] [2]
Producer(s) Beck Hansen [2]

"Wave" is a song written, [1] [2] produced [2] and performed by Beck, issued as the first promotional single from his twelfth studio album Morning Phase . Although not released as an official single, the song peaked at number 28 on the Billboard rock chart. [3]

Beck American musician (b. 1970)

Beck Hansen, known mononymously as Beck, is an American singer and record producer. He rose to fame in the early 1990s with his experimental and lo-fi style, and became known for creating musical collages of wide genre styles. Today, he musically encompasses folk, funk, soul, hip hop, electronic, alternative rock, country, and psychedelia. He has released 13 studio albums, as well as several non-album singles and a book of sheet music.

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<i>Morning Phase</i> 2014 studio album by Beck

Morning Phase is the ninth official studio album and twelfth overall by American singer Beck. The album was released in February 2014 by his new label, Capitol Records. According to a press release, Morning Phase is a "companion piece" to Beck's 2002 album Sea Change. Several of the musicians who recorded parts for Sea Change returned to record for Morning Phase.


Critical reception

The song has received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Kitty Empire of The Observer complimented the song's string arrangement combined with Beck's vocals. [4] Evan Sawdey of PopMatters and Ryan Dombal of Pitchfork both compared the song to Radiohead's "Pyramid Song", with the former comparing "Wave" positively [5] and the latter comparing it negatively. [6] The song also includes similarities to Björk's song "Hunter". [7]

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Live performances

Beck performed the song live for the first time on November 24, 2013 in Los Angeles, backed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic. [8] The song was performed in promotion of Song Reader , his book of sheet music released the previous year, although the song does not actually appear in that book. [9] On March 1, 2014, Beck performed the song on Saturday Night Live . [10] [11]

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Song Reader is a book of sheet music by the American alternative music artist Beck released on December 11, 2012. The book includes 20 songs worth of sheet music and more than 100 pages of art. The book's publisher, McSweeney's, also announced that versions of the songs performed by other musicians will be featured on its website. Links to YouTube and SoundCloud performances of the songs can be contributed to the official web site for the project.

Chart positions

Chart (2014)Peak
US Rock Songs ( Billboard ) [3] 28

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