Great news from our good ol' friend Beck: the American musician is releasing a new album in February, his first original material in six years. Morning Phase is a result of more than seven years work (since he recently stated that the material appearing on the album dates back to 2005), and is described by the musician himself as "California Music".

"The songs are coming out of a California tradition. I'm hearing the Byrds, Crosby Stills and Nash, Gram Parsons, Neil Young - the bigger idea of what that sound is to me," Beck recently said to Rolling Stone. "I recorded a bunch of things real quick. Then I thought, 'I need to come back and try this again.'"

Besides revealing that he plans to release a second album later next year, Beck also talked about the recording process of Morning Phase, which involved musician Jack White: "I recorded a bunch of things real quick. Then I thought, 'I need to come back and try this again." A third album, recorded back in 2009 but shelved, is also set to be released sometime soon. [via CoS]