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|Artist||Willis Earl Beal|
|Date||Friday 16 March 2012|
Willis Earl Beal is a name that’s been doing the rounds for quite some time now.
He recently signed to XL-imprint Hot Charity for the updated release of his debut album Acousmatic Sorcery. When I found out he was playing at Huis 23, a new venue here in Belgium with the size of my living room (I think my living room might actually be bigger), I just had to go and find out for myself wether he was worthy of all the buzz and hype. Read more on Disco naïveté
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Exceptional performer with a golden voice in an exclusive session!
‘Hey I’m not Brad Pitt, Johnny Depp, Alan Thicke or anything close to the designated stud cakes, stud muffins & stud pies. See I’m not some flashy, excessively sweet food. I’m more like a biscuit. I compliment meals & sandwiches or else I can even be used to sop the gravy. So come on now, call me’
With those words, on self-made and -distributed flyers, Willis Earl Beal invited everyone to call him. That way you could hear him sing one of his songs, argue with his brother, hear his songs when he held the phone near the speakers of a hand-held tape-recorder,….
Via the flyers, Willis Earl Beal came into contact with Mos Def (with whom he made a film script about his life), was able to take part in the American X-Factor and appeared on the cover of FOUND Magazine, amongst other things.
In the meantime, the 27-year-old singer/multi-instrumentalist (of found and self-made instruments) has a record deal, his debut ‘Acousmatic Sourcery’ will be released on March 19 by XL Recordings, and he's tipped everywhere as The Next Big Thing (GQ, FACT, NME, The Guardian,…).
A purebred performer with a golden soul voice, a well kept secret, without Myspace-, Facebook-, Twitter-, Soundcloud- or whatever -page but has still made it, rather exclusively, into the intimate environment of Huis 23.
also check: Pitchfork.
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