Uneventful Days
by Beck

Album: Hyperspace (2019)

Songfacts®:

  • This haunting slice of dream-pop is one of seven collaborations between Beck and producer Pharrell Williams on Hyperspace. Beck told NME the pair have been friendly for a number of years and talked about making some music back in 2012. It didn't work out then because Pharrell was really busy and ended up putting out a song with Daft Punk, then 'Blurred Lines' and 'Happy.' Beck eventually seized the moment with this record.
  • Over chiming glockenspiel and a jittery bassline, Beck sings of being stuck in between something. But what?

    Uneventful days, uneventful nights
    Living in that dark, waiting for the light
    Caught up in these never ending battle lines
    Everything has changed and nothing it feels right


    "I couldn't quite place what it was," Beck told Apple Music. "It's like those moments in the aftermath of a period of time. Like a new job in a new town. You're standing in an empty apartment, staring out the window at a palm tree."
  • The Dev Hynes-directed video co-stars Avengers actress Tessa Thompson and her Westworld co-star, Evan Rachel Wood. Arrested Development actress Alia Shawkat also features.

    There are several nods to past Beck visuals, including Wood's red shirt with white fringes; a similar one was seen in his "Sexx Laws" clip. Also, Thompson's cowboy get-up resembles Beck's outfit in his "Devil's Haircut" video.
  • St. Vincent recorded a '70s funk-infused remix inspired by the likes of Herbie Hancock and War. When she sent it to Beck, he had her up the tempo by three beats per minute, which she says "made all the difference in the groove."

Comments

Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Yacht Rock!

Yacht Rock!Song Writing

A scholarly analysis of yacht rock favorites ("Steal Away," "Baker Street"...) with a member of the leading YR cover band.

Incongruent Opening Acts

Incongruent Opening ActsSong Writing

Here's what happens when an opening act is really out of place with the headliner, like when Beastie Boys opened for Madonna.

Mike Scott of The Waterboys

Mike Scott of The WaterboysSongwriter Interviews

The stories behind "Whole Of The Moon" and "Red Army Blues," and why rock music has "outlived its era of innovation."

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket

Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet SprocketSongwriter Interviews

The "All I Want" singer went through a long depression, playing some shows when he didn't want to be alive.

Boz Scaggs

Boz ScaggsSongwriter Interviews

The "Lowdown" and "Lido Shuffle" singer makes a habit of playing with the best in the business.

Harold Brown of War

Harold Brown of WarSongwriter Interviews

A founding member of the band War, Harold gives a first-person account of one of the most important periods in music history.