We’re psyched on brand new XL signee Willis Earl Beal’s knack for bringing a lo-fi, DIY aesthetic to back-porch soul Americana, and we’re psyched on the latest offering from his new label’s upcoming reissue of his record Acousmatic Sorcery, “Take Me Away.” The best comparison we can make is Saul Williams and Sam Cooke collaborating over a discarded tUnE-yArDs drum loop – we’re talking electric passion that bleeds effortlessly through Beal’s dirty bedroom production because it’s not bandaged at all, it’s still fresh, it’s still raw. We guarantee you’ll either love this or hate this, and damn, do we love it. XL’s reissue of Acousmatic Sorcery is out March 20th.
Check out Willis on the road. This Spring, he'll be supporting SBTRKT, WU LYF and Zulu Winter on tour.
MAR 29 - GLASSLANDS - BROOKLYN %
MAR 31 - TLA - PHILADELPHIA !
APR 01 - MERCURY LOUNGE - NEW YORK
APR 03 - WEBSTER HALL - NEW YORK !
APR 06 - HOUSE OF BLUES - CLEVELAND !
APR 07 - HOUSE OF BLUES - CHICAGO !
APR 08 - MAJESTIC - MADISON !
APR 10 - FOX THEATRE - BOULDER !
APR 11 - BELLY UP - ASPEN !
APR 19 - THE HIDEOUT - CHICAGO
APR 23 - ROCK N ROLL HOTEL - WASHINGTON *
APR 24 - UNION TRANSFER - PHILADELPHIA *
APR 26 - MUSIC HALL - BROOKLYN *
APR 27 - BOWERY BALLROOM - NEW YORK *
APR 28 - BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL - BOSTON *
! with SBTRKT
* with WU LYF
% with ZULU WINTER