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New Beck Song "Chemtrails" Hits the Web

May 20, 2008 9:20 AM ET

Beck's "Chemtrails," the first song from his upcoming Danger Mouse-produced Modern Guilt, is now streaming on the singer's official website. As Rolling Stone reported last week, the album channels British rock of the 1960s, and the psychedelic "Chemtrails" fits that mold. Beck seems to be channeling Jefferson Airplane/Moby Grape mastermind Skip Spence — an artist Beck previously covered — on the track, which may or may not be the first single. Modern Guilt still doesn't have an official release date, but sources say June is a safe bet.

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