The good folks over at Manchester’s Now Wave put on new XL signing Willis Earl Beal at the weekend. Normally, we wouldn’t be so excited about a debut album by a throwback singer-songwriter, but Willis’ voice is so good it endows his songs with a timeless feel. Hearing his performance of ‘Evening Kiss’ is like seeing the exposed, raw bones of songwriting, and it’s all the more moving for it.
Acousmatic Sorcery comes out on 3rd April. He’s on a tour of the UK now, so get your ticket!