On the heels of two Grammy-winning albums – Morning Phase, which saw him reunite in the studio with his Sea Change band, and Colors, which he created with Greg Kurstin – Hyperspace brings to fruition Beck's 20-year wish to collaborate with Pharrell Williams.Hyperspace's new dimensions in sound are the result of Beck's most collaborative efforts to date. Seven of the album's 11 tracks – including singles "Uneventful Days" and "Saw Lightning" – feature co-writing/co-production from Pharrell. "See Through" is co-written/co-produced by frequent collaborator Kurstin, "Stratosphere" features back-up from Chris Martin, the album's title track features guest vocals from Terrell Hines and "Die Waiting" features backing vocals from Sky Ferreira.
If "Saw Lightning" is a frenetic slice of Beck's patented junkyard-blues hip-hop, "Uneventful Days" hints that Hyperspace is set to traverse a vast aural terrain. Built on a hypnotic electronic soundbed, the song conjures a liminal space that's reflected in the lyrics, which find Beck facing "Uneventful days, uneventful nights/Living in the dark, waiting for the light."
Beck describes Hyperspace as "not really anything about outer space. It's more of an interior space...The meditation of the record is finding peace in moment. I was thinking about music as a kind of escape...It sort of alters the room, alters a state of mind...every song does something different – it can be an escape from the moment." As he told Zane Lowe, the album was inspired by the 80s video game Asteroids: "It had a button where you were about to get destroyed called Hyperspace, that would save your life. Each song has kind of a different way that different people hyperspace, or deal with the world."