Summer is Coming: Introducing Matthew E. White, Big Inner, and a New Branch on the Hometapes Family Tree.
Today we declare the grand presence of Matthew E. White, a new addition to the Hometapes family. We announce his album, Big Inner, out August 21. We’re sharing the album’s first song and single, “One of These Days,” and revealing a limited-edition 7” record featuring that track and marking the beginning of our bond with Spacebomb, White’s Richmond, VA-based label. Today is a good day.
LISTEN/DOWNLOAD: Matthew E. White “One of These Days”
Check out this morning’s premiere on Pitchfork.
And so it begins with “One of These Days,” looking in, up, and over in its declarations of love. It’s waking up next to someone. It’s feeling the wood of the church pew on your back. This is your introduction to Matthew E. White; he’s convincing you to stay the night. You give me joy like a fountain deep down in my soul. You can hear him breathe in. The first time around, White only hums the chorus. Hums it. Plants it in your head as it blooms in his. Strings enter like a siren. The guitar only talks when it has something to say. The choir lets you know you’re not alone. Overdubbed woodwinds and muted brass like it on top, dancing around the embers of the bass line. Whether you’re a woman or man, White’s mournful, get-it-on voice may be all you can hear: I don’t want to live a day longer than you, so let’s meet the Lord together. You can call it soul music if you want. It’s his soul and it’s his music.
PRE-ORDER: Matthew E. White One of These Days 7”
(b/w “Ain’t That What Love Is” - featuring Phil Cook of Megafaun on piano)
READ more about Matthew E. White, Big Inner, and the road to it right here.
HT056 / SB002
Matthew E. White Big Inner LP/CD
7-song album on LP and CD
01. One of These Days
02. Big Love
03. Will You Love Me
04. Gone Away
05. Steady Pace
06. Hot Toddies
HT055 / SB001
Matthew E. White
One of These Days 7”
01. One of These Days
02. Ain’t That What Love Is
More about Matthew E. White…
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.
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.
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.
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, and the modern-day answer to Stax and Motown. 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).
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