On August 8th, blues singer Willis Earl Beal will self release his new, “lo-fi symphony”, Experiments in Time. Already we’ve heard the beguiling “Traveling Eyes”, and today, he’s has unveiled “Until We Die”.
Structurally, “Until We Die” is fairly similar to its predecessor, with the track featuring little more than Beal and some enchanted organ sounds. This time around, though, the Chicago native spins a bit of drama and theatricality into his signature, soul-stirring croon. The result feels like something from some Avant garde Phantom of the Opera, but without harming Beal’s innate ability to express emotion of the most pure and heart-wrenching variety.
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Experiments in Time marks Beal’s first album since leaving his label, the XL Recordings imprint Hot Charity. In recent weeks, Beal had cited a growing disinterest in the label structure and opted for more “independence”.