is an experiment in what an album can be in the 21st century. Beautifully illustrated by Marcel Dzama, Leanne Shapton, Josh Cochran, Jessica Hische and others, Song Reader
has been designed by Beck
with the help of McSweeney's for release in December 2012.
The twenty songs here, including two instrumentals, are as exciting as you'd expect from their author but if you want to hear 'Do We? We Do', or 'Don't Act Like Your Heart Isn't Hard', bringing them to life depends on you, the reader.
Complete with full-colour, heyday-of-home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukulele notation)
Readers' (and select musicians') renditions of the songs will be featured on www.songreader.net