Willis Earl Beal Leaves His Label, Intends To Release Next Album Himself
Willis Earl Beal has never been the type to be backed into a wall, whether in his music or the administration of it. So when Beal announced that he was leaving the XL Recordings imprint Hot Charity, you knew it wasn't for nothing. Beal explained in an interview with Under The Radar:
“What I needed was the attention by the record label and the support of the record label, but I think I should have been signed to a more substantial subsidiary within XL Records, because the subsidiary I signed to [Hot Charity] was an upstart. I was the flagship artist. And with respect to the people involved, I just don’t think that they were prepared — not only to deal with an artist but to deal with a human being.”
This isn't to say the subversive crooner's hanging things up, only that he'll continue to drop music independently just as he did when tensions were running tight in the office. And so Beal's "lo-fi symphony" Experiments In Time will be released by Beal himself, just as this year's two surprise LPs Curious Cool and A Place That Doesn't Exist were released. We certainly don't have a time table on the new LP yet, but you can be sure to find it right here when it drops. Head over to Under The Radar for the full script.