Chicago singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal returns with his sophomore album, Nobody knows., on September 10th via XL Records imprint Hot Charity. Already we’ve heard the extra minimal track “Everything unwinds.”, and now he’s conjured up some spooky, bluesy magic with “Too Dry Too Cry”. Over churchy stomps and through hymnal confessionals, the song unwinds like those wiry old music boxes antique shops hide behind big band records. It’s tough stuff made rusty from Beal’s lovable knack for no-fi grit. And given that the new album attempts “to deliver on the promise of his live show,” one might take this as a sign of goodwill.
Nobody knows. Tracklist:
01. Wavering Lines
02. Coming Through (feat. Chan Marshall)
03. Everything unwinds.
04. Burning Bridges
06. Too Dry Too Cry
07. What’s the deal?
08. Ain’t Got No Love
09. White Noise
10. Hole In The Roof
11. Blue Escape
12. Nobody knows.
13. The Flow
In September, Beal will embark on the “Church of Nobody” tour in Europe. He’ll be accompanied by a live band led by Jahphet Landis (TV On The Radio, BjÃ¶rk, Santigold). A U.S. tour will follow in November.
Willis Earl Beal 2013 Tour Dates:
09/20 – Brussels, BE @ AB Club
09/21 – Tilburg, NL @ Incubate Festival
09/23 – Amsterdam, NL @ MC Theater
09/25 – Berlin, DE @ Privatclub
09/26 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
09/27 – Hamburg, DE @ Reeperbahn Festival
09/29 – Zurich, CH @ Papiersaal
10/03 – London, UK @ St.Giles-in-the-Fields
10/04 – Manchester, UK @ Sacred Trinity
10/05 – Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
10/07 – Paris, FR @ Point FMR