Music-lovers attend Bilal’s CD release concert at Baltimore Soundstage on Friday.
World renown artist, Bilal, melted the hearts of many this past Friday (2/15/13) during his “A Love Surreal” CD Release Concert in Baltimore. In the spirit of love the Baltimore Soundstage housed a soulful event that delivered major ear candy. With new musical talent, John Michael as the opening act, music-lovers were in the mood to receive the unrefined sounds of Bilal.
Bilal recently released his latest album, A Love Surreal, which is inspired by the artwork of the late Salvador Dali. Bilal describes Dali’s work as something you can look through, giving the sense that one has entered the painting. A Love Surreal aims to give listeners that same effect.
“I wanted to make music that you could kind of visualize and as well as listen to… I wanted to make music that sounded like if you listen to it, it almost felt like you were in another world…” Bilal said.
In January of this year, Bilal released his first visual for, “Back to Love” – a buzz single from the new album. City streets, enraged black women and quirky exercises are elements of Dr. Love’s life in this video. While spending his everyday helping others to solve their love issues, Dr. Love (played by Bilal) seems to neglect his own relationship at home. But, what woman could resist the eclectic Bilal, or should I say Dr. Love.
“I think [broken couples] should go back to where they first met to revisit the stuff that brought them together. I think if you can go back to the beginning then maybe you can let go some of the past,” Bilal said.
While Bilal knows no perfect love, his music begs to differ. It is an obvious offspring birthed from the matrimony of his talent and passion for great art. He continues to redefine soulful sounds with intense emotion. Bilal’s diverse sounds may connote that he is in a lane of his own, but manager Hans Elder finds him much needed in the industry.
“ I think he is necessary right now. With technology and what it has done for the creative voice now, it has made people somewhat lazy,” Elder said.
Elder describes the need for a more organic, healthier choice of music – harmonious sounds for the soul. He believes Bilal has the passion and drive to provide that.
“He is putting out something that has no preservatives or additives in it. He wants it to sound as natural as possible,” Elder said.According to Elder, Bilal achieves this “natural” sound by emphasizing the use of low fidelity throughout his music. Low Fidelity (Lo-fi Music) refers to the lower grade of sound in a recording, yet it preserves the natural sound of instruments and lets you hear them the way they should be heard.
“He is unique, definitely authentic, eclectic and a visionary, “ Elder describe. Naturally he is serving a divine purpose; instinctively he submits his will to the power that guides him.
Check out ‘A Love Surreal’ track listing.
A Love Surreal Track listing
2. West Side Girl
3. Back To Love
4. Winning Hand
6. Longing and Waiting
7. Right At the Core
8. Slipping Away
9. Lost For Now
11. Never Be the Same
12. Butterfly Feat. Robert Glasper
13. The Flow