Ladies and gentleman, Bilal is here to soothe your soul. as noted, the mesmerizing singer is putting out a new album on February 12th, titled A Love Surreal. The record, his forth, sees him pushing cosmic limits once again (get up to date with his new music by watching the video for the first single, “Back to Love” here.) According to an interview with Wax Poetics, us fans “fuck with (Bilal) because he has a dope vibe.” He goes on to discuss his own history, breaking down the genres he’s dabbled in from album to album. Check some choice quotes below, hit the link at bottom for the full feature and pre-order the album here.
On his last record, Airtight’s Revenge:
I was like—I’m sick of this whole neo-soul shit. I don’t do neo-soul. I was like, I’m gonna to do a record and I’m not gonna play Rhodes, I’m gonna play guitar. I guess it turned into rock. But my thing has always been that space-blues shit, so we just went more out there. I just go in and worry about it later. Now I get more into the visuals—how things look. I just now started to think deeper about that stuff. You know?
On what it’s like performing:
I don’t know. I’ve never really tried to figure out what that was. I just try to listen. If it’s a good song I’m just trying to spell out what the music is saying to me. I’m trying to let go. Trying to see how far I can go. I don’t know what I’m doing half the time, I just… it’s like theater. I just open up.