Wednesday, October 16, 2013

In The Mood For: Willis Earl Beal

I can't remember a time in recent years when I've been this ridiculously busy. Last night happened to be one of those nights when it all caught up to me - and for a second there, I felt burnt out and in need of some major rest and relaxation. Right as I reached the peak of exhaustion, this Willis Earl Beal single flipped on my speakers - and everything immediately felt a little better. 

I saw soul experimentalist Willis as part of Cat Power's show in Toronto a year ago, and while Chan (who's featured on this track) fumbled around stage - Willis set the bar high as her more than capable opener. Pacing in front of us, sweating bullets and screeching his heavy soul songs at the top of his lungs, Beal's star power and presence were completely arresting.

With a downtown beat, sunny melody and Beal's classic soul vocals, this song is sweet and uplifting on so many levels. And, with Cat Power's barely-there female coo helping him croon that "the truth will soon be coming through," this tune is rounded out to sound like a true contemporary soul classic.

Check out Beal's newest album Nobody Knows, out on XL.

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