new music: ‘noctunes’ – willis earl beal returns with new album after “two extremely productive years removed from the spotlight”

September 3, 2015

Check out the stunning new album from Willis Earl Beal, ‘Noctunes’. The collection of dark piano and string led tracks was released via Tender Loving Empire. The record label states, “Willis Earl Beal has yet to be born. Critics and publicists defined him before he’d had a chance to define himself. Their expectations were inextricably linked with race and gender, two concepts Beal thoroughly rejects. Now, two extremely productive years removed from the spotlight, Beal doesn’t feel pressure to define himself against anything. His new music is shockingly original, utterly confident, and as ephemeral as Beal himself. He levitates above definition, concerned only with self-discovery and truth-seeking. “I know it sounds falsely altruistic,” he says. “But I think a simple voice like mine can serve as an example of some kind of freedom.”” Listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor




Photo credit: Rodrigo Melgarejo