Willis Earl Beal-Experiments In Time

Willis Earl Beal has the most mesmerizing voice in music today, and no one else comes close. Not since Julee Cruise‘s spooky/sexy vocals were heard on Twin Peaks has a sound so instantly caught my attention and held it. He puts that power to great use on his newest LP, the just-self-released Experiments In Time that came out last week. With sparse accompaniment Beal creates a whole world, layering his voice on top of itself and keeping a quiet rumble of synths beneath to fill in the outer reaches of the soundscape.

If you’re familiar with Beal’s work, imagine the vibe of “Wavering Lines” slowly caressing your ears for 12 tracks, and you’d have a pretty good idea of what Experiments In Time has in store for you. It can be dark at times, swimming through the primal recesses of Beal’s mind. But, like the man himself, it is never without hope, looking toward a brighter future.
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The Chambermaids-Whatever Happened Tomorrow

The Chambermaids are a seemingly ever-evolving outfit from Minneapolis. They’ve been making music for a decade in various combinations of people, the one constant being brother and sister duo Neil and Martha Weir. Whatever Happened Tomorrow is their third full-length, and their third release on Guilt Ridden Pop following two singles last year. It’s an album that doesn’t like to stay in one place too … Continue reading The Chambermaids-Whatever Happened Tomorrow

Mister Lies at Schubas 10/10/2013

I generally don’t go in for sets when it’s just going to be a guy behind a laptop. I listened to Mister Lies new release Mowgli and decided to check him out because there is something in his music that gets into your head. He was doing an opening set for the Montreal band Young Galaxy, and it didn’t seem like there was much interest … Continue reading Mister Lies at Schubas 10/10/2013

Porcelain Raft at Schubas 9/12/2013

Last month Mauro Remiddi released a new album as Porcelain Raft called Permanent Signal. I hadn’t really cared for his previous two efforts, last year’s Strange Weekend and the 2011 EP Gone Blind. In 2012 he toured with Youth Lagoon, and I saw a lot of similarities in the two. With the new album, Remiddi breaks free of that comparison and makes a more compelling … Continue reading Porcelain Raft at Schubas 9/12/2013