New Video: Willis Earl Beal

How lo-fi can you go? Over the past few years, indie music has been lowering the limbo stick considerably, daring listeners to go lower and delve deeper into more and more raw recordings. Ariel Pink really tested my limits with 2005’s Worn Copy, but even that seems like a U2 album in comparison to material released by Chicago’s Willis Earl Beal. A clunkily recorded guitar, a distant soulful croon recorded on bad tape and nothing else. Beal has released a video for the song ‘Monotony’, taken from his debut album Acousmatic Sorcery which was released a couple of days ago via XL Recordings, and evokes the distant blues/folk spirit of Robert Johnson in a way which is both simplistic and heart-wrenching in it’s intimacy and honesty.