It's no secret that William Beckett has made an incredible foray into solo territory. Since the disbandment of his former project, The Academy Is . . ., he tuned into his own passions and delivered a trilogy of inspiring EPs, Walk The Talk, Winds Will Change, and What Will Be. Now, with his sets sight on writing a full-length album, he's looking back at the songs that started it all with this intimate acoustic album, The Pioneer Sessions.
"After almost a year of touring the world and releasing my latest work as a solo artist, I wanted to celebrate the year's events by releasing intimate, studio versions of each EP I released this year; all in one release," Beckett explains. "Inspiration for this idea came from some of the earliest releases that made me fall in love with honest, genuine, stripped down music—such as early Saves the Day, Dashboard Confessional and John Mayer. So I hung out in the studio for four days and recorded in just that fashion, with a little help from my friends Mark Sutor and Tim Brennan (aka the Pioneer Project). Oh, and a little Knob Creek."
Within these 12 tracks, you'll find new renditions of fan favorites like "Compromising Me" and "Great Night," as well as tunes you've already heard stripped down, such as "Dig A Hole" and "The Warrior." As Beckett set his sights to achieve, these songs exude honesty and water down the pop forward sensibilities they were founded on to showcase more raw emotion.
Spin the album's exclusive premiere right here and get ready for it to drop January 22. For more album details, stay tuned to Beckett's Facebook.