Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo trailer: A portrait of one of soul music’s most enigmatic artists
The Neo soul movement of the 90s and 00s drew on the classic sounds of the 70s, a time when giants like Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and Al Green lifted soul into a whole new era. Devil’s Pie is a documentary that recalls how singer/songwriter/musician D’Angelo was one of the most prominent artists of the Neo soul movement, riding high off the back of two platinum selling albums and largely regarded as the sub-genre’s most exciting artist of the moment; a musician mature beyond his years and destined for superstardom.
Then, in 2000, he suddenly disappeared from sight. Fans were left waiting for a new album that never arrived as rumours swirled about run ins with the law, weight gain, drug and alcohol addiction and just about everything else. After 14 years without any new material, he returned with his third album, Black Messiah, in 2014 and It was like he had never left. Director Carine Bijlsma gets close to the man to understand what makes him tick and to find out exactly why he abandoned the music scene for so long. Watch the trailer for Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo above
D'Angelo had it all: two platinum selling albums, a sold out world tour and a body chiselled to perfection. However, one day at the height of his career in 2000 the soul singer vanished. For 12 years he descended into darkness. Out of nowhere, in December 2014, his third album Black Messiah was suddenly released: soundtrack of the lost years.
Some of the people appearing in the documentary include Questlove (who was the only one providing updates about D’Angelo during his absence), Dave Chappelle, his tour manager Alan Leeds, musical collaborators, as well interviews with D’Angelo himself.
Devil’s Pie: D’Angelo premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival back in April, with a release date still be set.