Willis Earl Beal – Acousmatic Sorcery | Album Stream

This new album by much hyped blues singer Willis Earl Beal, out now on Hot Charity via XL Recordings, has a pretty impressive backstory – an ever-growing chinese whisper of a myth involving homelessness, New Mexico, The X-Factor, Mos Def and singing telephone calls that has added to the critical buzz surrounding the 27-year-old Chicagoan.
He’s been described as a “lo-fi singer”, which is accurate as far as this project supposedly recorded on a $20 karaoke machine, is concerned. Whether that’s entirely accurate I don’t know, but the music is audibly dissonant, lacking almost any polish whatsoever. The vocals though, cracked and strained though they are, sound fantastic, and listening to Acousmatic Sorcery, I’m personally pretty excited about what Beal might create given a recording budget and a decent studio.

Check the album out below, and let us know what you think in the comments section.

LISTEN: Willis Earl Beal – Acousmatic Sorcery