It’s been a while since we’ve heard from pop/ soul singer Seal. But now that he’s an unsigned artist again, he has announced plans to release the rawest music of his career.
The singer has just seen out his recording contract with Warner Bros and with his 2015 album 7 being his final release for the label, he plans on being a free agent, and keeping it that way.
Seal told Billboard: “I won’t be making albums in the same way. I will be releasing songs. I think there’s an immediacy and a freedom which comes with that, to release music as and when I see fit. The playing field is different these days. The concept of going into a studio for however long and making a concept album, so to speak, I don’t know if that’s relevant these days or if indeed that is practical to do. It’s certainly not so effective.”
Talking of taking the traditional big label route he said: “I don’t intend on signing with another major [label].” He added, “It’s not something I really want to do.”
Instead of the traditional route, the singer will be releasing music for his fans with a variety of sounds and tracks they may not have expected to hear from him.
“There are a tonne of songs, absolutely,” he said: “I have a tonne of ideas, and some pretty interesting collaborative opportunities. If anything, I think the music becomes more exciting because it’s fresher. There’s a kind of refreshing rawness about it. It doesn’t get overcooked, over-baked and is not necessarily refined or finished as it would be when an album is released. And there’s something to be said for that.”
Currently on tour in North America, he is now incorporating his new philosophy about the modern relevance of songs into his stage performances.
He talked about his current run of gigs: “It’s a pretty eclectic mix of showcasing both my new and old material. I’m doing a hybrid of embracing technology from the visual standpoint and also from the sonic standpoint, but with real musicians as well. Ultimately it’s designed around the song. The song is of paramount importance to me, but it’s also designed to keep us interested because we have to be enthused and inspired by it. If we’re not, I don’t really expect anyone else to be.”
Check out Seal’s full tour itinerary by clicking here.