CMJ Artist Spotlight: Willis Earl Beal

Singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal honed his hypnotic brand of lo-fi, soulful blues on his latest album, Noctunes (Tender Loving Empire). This 12-song album finds Beal downbeat, softer and more vulnerable than his previous works; exploring ambient and minimalist aesthetics. Receiving acclaims from SPIN, The Guardian, NME, Consequence of Sound, etc. Noctunes shows this mercurial artist branching out once again into new musical territory.

“Willis Earl Beal… sings with a voice that will make you tremble and comes to the world with a backstory that will make you fall in love.” – VOGUE

“…his voice is undeniably otherworldly, though it’s impossible to say whether it’s the hymnal hum of an angel or the damned drone of ghost.” Slant Magazine

“…one of the lead singles [off Noctunes] called “Survive,” a twisted and pulsing track that’s, to no surprise, driven by Beal’s dynamic and massive voice. The lyrics are pure and full of conviction, with Beal pleading with the listener to just get by, floating over the pulsing tribal-esque drums.” Noisey (premiere)

“[W]here he really shines is with his voice, a booming baritone that’s the sonic equivalent of a linebacker running through a brick wall.” – Noisey (interview)

DO NOT MISS — this is Beal’s only performance in New York this fall.
Cameo Gallery
10:00pm ET
Wednesday, October 14th
Boise & Friends official CMJ showcase
Facebook event Advance Tickets

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