Beck and Phoenix released a collaborative single back in June, which completely passed me until last week. Celebrating their then-upcoming co-headlining Summer Odyssey tour, the song is unsurprisingly called Odyssey.
It's got Phoenix's trademark sound all over it but it's also in the same wheelhouse as Les Rythmes Digitales' 80s-inspired remix of Beck's song Mixed Bizness from 2000, albeit Odyssey has a much more laid back, funkier vibe. And is that bass reminiscent of Once In A Lifetime by Talking Heads? I suspect that last comparison has been made a thousand times online already.
Whatever, it's a fun three and three-quarter minutes and whilst the promise of a late UK summer in September seems to have been washed away by constant rain, the sound of Odyssey at least allows the illusion of sun-kissed days.
There are loads of live versions of Odyssey available online. I've opted for one from their show at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater in Bend, Oregon on 3rd August. It's very front-row and perhaps doesn't capture the full majesty of the band set up and back drop, but you do get crystal clear framing shots of Thomas Mars and Beck.
I haven't seen Beck on TV or other media for a long while and watching this video, I was immediately struck by his resemblance to Gene Wilder in Stir Crazy. Or is it just me?