I LITERALLY was JUST listening to Bilal’s first album again last night, and I’m greeted with a new Bilal single this morning. “Back To Love” is his latest musical outing, taken from his upcoming album Surreal.
Bilal’s voice takes it typical timbre with the jazzed out kick heavy track also sharing prominence with his subdued vocal this time around. He finds a nice pocket and rides it out on this cut, and I like it. It fits Bilal’s musical pedigree in that it’s definitely not anything “straight ahead” — I almost felt like he was going to start scatting halfway through. I like it. He’s released a mixtape in the past few months that had some interesting covers and whatnot, but I’m glad Bilal is courting a jazzier sound on this record.
Not sure how indicative of Surreal this single is, but Bilal has a penchant for pushing his artistry past the mainstream, so I’m hoping for a bit more of that while still retaining his classic voice.
I hear Maxwell is closer to putting out new music — that’d be quite a great combo for my music library this year. I’m just saying!