Dressed in a fringe shirt and leather boots, Beck corralled together musician friends and an audience for a unique performance at the Barbican in London last night. Taking part in filmmaker Doug Aitken’s Station To Station, a living exhibit pairing together artists across various mediums, the eccentric songwriter turned the venue into a veritable hootenanny of old west artistry featuring poet Simon Armitage and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore.
Throughout the evening, Beck performed in front of videos of Western landscapes while actors dressed as cowboys danced and prowled behind him, reports The Guardian. He took advantage of the event’s western aesthetics to delve into his own country-leaning material, performing “Country Down” as well as the deep-cut “Waitin’ For A Train” from 1994’s Stereopathetic Soulmanure. At one point he also busted out a foot-stomping harmonica solo. Later on he’d tone things down with a stirring rendition of “Wave” from last year’s Morning Phase, complete with a full orchestra.
Eventually, Moore stepped out from Beck’s backing band to perform “Speak To The Wild” from his 2014 solo album, The Best Day.
Take a look-see at footage from the show via the compilation video below.