Thursday, May 28, 2015

New Willis Earl Beal: "Flying So Low" and "Midnight"



"People had all these ideas about what I was supposed to be," Willis Earl Beal states in a press release announcing his forthcoming album. "I had only ever wanted to make lullabies... I wanted to create this persona that could say everything perfectly with very little. The record, to me, is a perfect record. I listen to that thing a lot, and it helps me."

Most of Beal's sentiments are accurately echoed on his first singles in almost a year, titled "Flying So Low" and "Midnight." Ahead of Noctunes, out August 28 via Tender Loving Empire, the two minimalist tracks glide forward by way of Beal's slow, soulful croon and low-fi instrumentation - sounding so quiet, it's as if you're listening in on an intimate secret you weren't meant to hear. 

While I appreciate anything his golden voice touches, I know he's capable of more dimension than what's heard on these downtempo first listens - leading me to hope we get more dreamy, and less stillness, on the album's other ten tracks.








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