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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 'Big Inner' LP/CD/DIG
Out 8/21/12 on Spacebomb / Hometapes
On that day in August, when the earth shifted into the shape of Matthew E. White, there was so much to listen to, so much to put your heart into, already. The dusts of the Delta had swirled into Rock and Roll. Alan Lomax's recordings sat in a big building in Washington, DC. Lee Perry had built The Black Ark in his backyard in Kingston. Somebody else lived in Big Pink. Mac Rebennack was Dr. John. King Tubby was dubbing. Terry Riley was overdubbing. Sly Stone had hit #1. Randy Newman's 'Sail Away' was a decade old. Caetano Veloso had just turned 40. Muddy Waters was just about gone. Jimmy Cliff had sung "Many Rivers to Cross." So had Harry Nilsson. White shared this common inheritance. He stitched his own flag out of it.
'Big Inner,' White's debut album, 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. "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. You can call it soul music if you want. It's his soul and it's his music.
Recorded in Richmond, VA, White's home and the epicenter of Spacebomb, the label and adjacent group of musicians radiating from a core House Band, 'Big Inner' terraforms a new history in seven songs. Strings, horns, piano (largely Megafaun's Phil Cook), a choir, perfect bass, ripping guitar, and heart-racing percussion help tell the story of 'Big Inner.'
Matthew E. White also walks the earth as the leader of lauded avant-garde jazz band Fight the Big Bull and has released albums on Clean Feed & Fat Cat, performed around the country and collaborated with artists like Ken Vandermark, Steven Bernstein, Karl Blau, Megafaun, Sharon Van Etten and Justin Vernon.
Matthew E. White Tour Dates
08/20 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
09/06 Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Festival
10/09 Richmond, VA @ The National *
10/10 Baltimore, MD @ The Ottobar *
10/11 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts *
10/13 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10/14 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg *
10/15 NYC, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
10/16 NYC, NY @ Bowery Ballroom *
10/18 Boston, MA @ House of Blues *
10/19 Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt *
10/20 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Theatre *
10/22 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Ladies Literary Club *
10/23 Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater*
10/24 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater *
10/26 Iowa City, IA @ Blue Moose *
10/27 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre *
* w/ The Mountain Goats
About Matthew E. White
Matthew E. White, the Richmond, VA-based musical polymath/arranger/writer/performer, presents his debut album 'Big Inner,' and "brings together the warm, haunted tones of Leonard Cohen, Terry Riley, and Dr. John" (Stereogum). Album out 8/21/12 on Spacebomb / Hometapes.
Matthew E. White, the Richmond, VA-based musical polymath/arranger/writer/performer, presents his debut album 'Big Inner,' and "brings together the warm, haunted tones of Leonard Cohen, Terry Riley, and Dr. John" (Stereogum). Album out 8/21/12 on ...