Photo by Christopher Alvarez

Despite what you may have to say about Willis Earl Beal’s debut LP, Acousmatic Sorcery, there’s pretty much no denying the immediacy of his live show. The lo-fi muck is stripped away and Beal bares his soulful voice at the forefront of each track.

The same approach is taken on Principles of A Protagonist, a new EP that Beal dropped today via BitTorrent. Beal’s taken a few of the standouts from his LP and largely excised the outsider music aesthetic, turning these downtrodden Daniel Johnston-y tracks into full-blown scotch-soaked bummer rock.

These tracks are apparently meant to be the soundtrack for an upcoming short film, check the recycled tracklist below and download it here.