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Beck Features Kim Gordon on Extended Version of 'I Won't Be Long'

Ex-Sonic Youth bassist lends vocals to 15-minute track

Kim Gordon, Beck.
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July 16, 2013 12:30 PM ET

Kim Gordon lends her voice to a new 15-minute extended version of Beck's recently released tune "I Won't Be Long." The song, which played on Seattle radio station on 107.7 The End, features the former Sonic Youth bassist adding breathy spoken-word vocals to the dreamy track. 

Beck debuted the song a few weeks ago in Paris at the Days Off Festival by providing concert attendees peelaway cards which led to an online stream. The new tune followed the June release of another new song, "Defriended." 

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After releasing the sheet-music collection Song Reader last year, Beck recently announced two follow-up albums, one of which will be acoustic. "I Won't Be Long" and "Defriended" won't appear on either. "I Won't Be Long" will be released on limited-edition 12-inch vinyl that includes the 15-minute extended version.

Beck will be returning to the U.S. to join Bob Dylan and Wilco on their Americanarama tour at Jones Beach in New York on July 27th. He will also appear at the Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island on July 28th, and at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas in October.

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