Acousmatic Sorcery

Willis Earl Beal - Acousmatic Sorcery
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2012 Ratings: #510 / 958
User Score
Based on 11 ratings
April 3, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
XL / Label
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A.V. Club

No matter the circumstances under which Acousmatic was made, what comes through most clearly on the album is Beal’s burning desire to be heard, however it was going to happen, and a confidence that his talent deserves it.

FACT Magazine

Acousmatic Sorcery’s imperfections are unapologetic and unconcerned, largely stamping all over any chances of bringing the overall experience down.


Beal is a strikingly singular performer, synthesizing various muses into something deeply unique. 


While Acousmatic Sorcery is interesting and occasionally even great on its own, it ultimately it feels very much like a hyper-creative and gifted artist trying to figure out what he's doing.

Drowned in Sound

Acousmatic Sorcery, though, displays all the signs of an artist trying to pull in too many directions at once.

Consequence of Sound

Despite a few missteps, Acousmatic Sorcery is still a unique debut announcing the emergence of a fresh talent worthy of the buzz Beal has been receiving. 


These recordings were about capturing moments, and they did so admirably. 

Beats Per Minute

Beal can write and perform songs which tug on the heartstrings as well as get you on your feet. Unfortunately, he appears determined to be kept an outsider.


An intriguing work overloaded with unedited brainstorms and non-sequiturs that rarely gives the more compelling elements room to breathe and stretch out.

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Track List

  1. Nepenenoyka 
  2. Take Me Away 
  3. Cosmic Queries 
  4. Evening s Kiss 
  5. Sambo Joe From The Rainbow 
  6. Ghost Robot 
  7. Swing On Low 
  8. Monotony 
  9. Bright Copper Noon 
  10. Away My Silent Lover 
  11. Angel Chorus
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