On August 21, Richmond, Virginia-based singer, songwriter, bandleader, musical polymath, and visionary Matthew E. White will release his formidable self-produced debut album, 'Big Inner,' on the newly joined labels Hometapes and Spacebomb. Today, Pitchfork debuted "One of These Days," the lead track from 'Big Inner' which will be released on a limited 7" on July 24. Download "One of These Days" here: http://p4k.in/KXmJ9i
Joined by a long list of collaborators, friends, and Spacebomb's house band, choir, string, and horn sections, White will perform 'Big Inner' in its entirety with a super-sized ensemble on September 6 at Raleigh's Hopscotch Music Festival. The special performance, entitled 'One Incantation Under God,' is the festival's biggest project ever.
Go here for more info: http://hopscotchmusicfest.com/news/post/matthew-whites-one-incantation-under-god-hopscotchs-biggest/
White builds soaring sculptures of original songs that directly reference his eclectic set of influences, while creating something entirely new on the American musical landscape. From lyrics that echo common conditions like love and death, to open tributes to artists like Washington Phillips, Allen Toussaint, Jorge Ben, Jimmy Cliff, and Randy Newman, 'Big Inner' is its own scavenger hunt through history. "One of These Days" -- the album's lead track accented by strings, woodwinds, muted brass, and a choir -- is your introduction to the world of Matthew E. White. He's convincing you to stay the night.
Matthew E. White is no stranger. He also walks the earth as the leader of lauded avant-garde jazz band Fight the Big Bull, which has released three critically acclaimed albums and has worked extensively with notable jazz figures Ken Vandermark and Steven Bernstein. Fight the Big Bull also teamed up with Megafaun, Justin Vernon and Sharon Van Etten to pay tribute to Alan Lomax at Duke University's "Sounds of the South" concert in 2010 and again at the MusicNow Festival in 2011.
'Big Inner' marks the first release from Spacebomb Records, the analog, attic-bound studio and record label that White runs in Richmond, Virginia. An inimitable House Band, a producer, and a unified crew of arrangers and musicians join with an artist and cut a record — with staggering results. Similarly-spirited Portland-based label Hometapes, home to artists like Megafaun and Bear In Heaven, are helping introduce Spacebomb to the world, including upcoming releases from Natalie Prass, Karl Blau, Joe Westerlund (Megafaun), and Ivan Howard (The Rosebuds, Gayngs).
More music, videos, and tour dates will be revealed soon.
'Big Inner' Tracklist:
1. One of These Days
2. Big Love
3. Will You Love Me
4. Gone Away
5. Steady Pace
6. Hot Toddies
Matthew E. White on the Web:http://www.matthewewhite.com/http://www.twitter.com/amattwhitejointhttp://www.facebook.com/pages/Matthew-E-White/470095113004770http://spacebombrecords.com/http://www.home-tapes.com
Hi-res album art, press releases, links, etc:http://www.shorefire.com/clients/ mewhite