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Willis Earl Beal - Noctunes

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After ending his contract with XL Recordings, Willis Earl Beal went to live in the woods in Olympia, Washington, and began an artistic transformation entirely of his own design, from rough-edged outsider-art provocateur to the kind of mysterious crooner one might expect to haunt the outskirts of Twin Peaks. “People had all these ideas about what I was supposed to be,” he says. “I had only ever wanted to make lullabies.” 

Beal’s development played out over two self-released EPs and a full-length album, and then Beal built the patient, ambient-leaning Noctunes. The album’s twelve songs are moving and meditative, thoroughly soaked with mournful synth strings and simple lyricism that Beal says is intentionally minimalistic. “I wanted to create this persona that could say everything perfectly with very little,” Beal says. “The record, to me, is a perfect record. I listen to that thing a lot, and it helps me.”

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.”

Willis Earl Beal Noctunes Track Listing:       

1.  Under You
2.  Flying So Low
3.  Like a Box
4.  Lust
5.  No Solution
6.  Stay
7.  Say the Words
8.  Love Is All Around
9.  Able to Wait
10. Survive
11. Start Over
12. 12 Midnight

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