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Willis Earl Beal @ Mercury Lounge, CMJ 2013 – Photo by Alexandra Bellink


Willis Earl Beal has done it again. Back in January he shared the 8-track EP, A Place That Doesn’t Exist, for free online; and today he posted another 8-song album, Curious Cool, without any warning on his SoundCloud. Lonesome whistling and gruff, soulful vocals fashioned against mellow jazz rhythms—sounds like Willis Earl Beal. Who knows how XL feels about these releases, but we’re pretty cool with it. You can stream the album below, and why wouldn’t you?