Willis Earl Beal has yet to be born. Critics and publicists defined him before hed had a chance to define himself. Their expectations were inextricably linked with race and gender, two concepts Beal thoroughly rejects. Now, two extremely productive years removed from the spotlight, Beal doesnt feel pressure to define himself against anything. His new music is shockingly original, utterly confident and as ephemeral as Beal himself. He levitates above definition, concerned only with self-discovery and truth-seeking.