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Matthew E. White / October and November 2017 UK/Irish Tour

 
By on Friday, 30th June 2017 at 9:00 am
 

Header photo by Shawn Brackbill

American soul singer/songwriter Matthew E. White has announced an extensive solo tour of the UK and Ireland for this autumn. White released his most recent LP ‘Fresh Blood’ 2 years ago; you can read our review of album single ‘Vision’ right back here.

Tickets for the following shows are available now. Just below the tour date listing, you can view White’s live performance video of ‘Love is Deep’, courtesy of Seattle radio station KEXP. TGTF’s complete previous coverage of Matthew E. White is back this way.

Tuesday 17th October 2017 – Reading South Street
Wednesday 18th October 2017 – Wolverhampton Arts Centre
Thursday 19th October 2017 – Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Friday 20th October 2017 – York Crescent
Saturday 21st October 2017 – Newcastle Think Tank
Sunday 22nd October 2017 – Kendal Brewery Arts Centre
Monday 23rd October 2017 – Leicester Musician
Tuesday 24th October 2017 – Leamington Spa Zephyr Lounge
Wednesday 25th October 2017 – Cardiff Clwb Ifor Bach
Thursday 26th October 2017 – Falmouth Arts Centre
Friday 27th October 2017 – Southampton Joiners
Saturday 28th October 2017 – Bath Komedia
Sunday 29th October 2017 – Ramsgate Music Hall
Monday 30th October 2017 – Brighton Haunt
Thursday 2nd November 2017 – Dun Laoghaire Pavilion Theatre
Friday 3rd November 2017 – Galway Roisin Dubh
Saturday 4th November 2017 – Limerick Dolans Upstairs
Sunday 5th November 2017 – Cork Cyprus Avenue

[youtube]https://youtu.be/1POJ3FyGdN8[/youtube]

 

Single Review: Matthew E. White – Vision

 
By on Monday, 27th July 2015 at 12:00 pm
 

Last week, American soul pop singer Matthew E. White unveiled a new video for the song ‘Vision’ from his recent album ‘Fresh Blood’, released back in March on Domino Records. Along with the new video, White also announced the release of a new, stripped back version of ‘Fresh Blood’, which he has christened with the singularly appropriate title of ‘Fresh Blood: No Skin’. On the new release, White has removed the largely decorative strings, brass and backing choir from the song arrangements, leaving the basic structure and inner mechanics (i.e., the vocals, guitars, piano and rhythm section) exposed to the ear of the beholder.

I missed the opportunity to write about ‘Fresh Blood’ at the time of its release, but I’m excited to have another chance now, as it definitely ranks among my favourite LPs of 2015 so far. One of the outstanding tracks on the originally released version of ‘Fresh Blood’ is ‘Vision’, a smooth, jazzy number with vibrant brass and string interludes and an upbeat chorus punctuating White’s velvety vocal timbre in the verses. The new video for the song, directed by Clara Aranovich and starring Edi Gathegi and Caitlin Stasey, takes a somewhat ironic look at two people who truly share a vision, despite their individual lack thereof.

[youtube]https://youtu.be/9bErYehiTEo[/youtube]

The ‘No Skin’ version of ‘Vision’ starts almost identically to the original, with a piano melody under White’s soft, rich vocal lines, “come sit next to me, the air is fine / don’t it feel good, honey, don’t it feel good tonight?” As the rhythm section makes its understated entrance, the subtle nuances in the percussion are brought to light by the streamlined instrumental arrangement. The guitar riffs sound sharper, more poignant, and White’s voice is more seductive than ever in this innately rhythm-centered setting.

In the album’s newly unembellished context, the ‘Vision’ chorus lyric “please don’t misread my vision, I’ve seen things I can’t explain” takes on a somewhat more symbolic meaning. Possibly the most important aspect of these straightforward ‘No Skin’ arrangements will be their essential emphasis on White’s lyrics, which in many places reflect his philosophical concerns with the culture and society around him. According to the biography on White’s official Web site, “one lesson of [his 2012 surprise-hit album] ‘Big Inner’ and the tours that followed was that he wanted to be able to believe in his songs every night, to know that the words he sang were more than vehicles for memorable melodies.” While the deliberately conscious songs on ‘Fresh Blood’ already reflect that idea, the stripped back ‘No Skin’ versions will take it to an even deeper level, if the teaser of ‘Vision’ is any indication of the album as a whole.

9.5/10

Matthew E. White’s albums ‘Fresh Blood’ and ‘Fresh Blood: No Skin’ are available now on Domino Records. If the teasers of ‘Vision’ shared above aren’t enough to whet your appetite, you can also listen to the ‘No Skin’ version of ‘Rock and Roll is Cold’ on White’s official Web site. TGTF’s previous coverage of Matthew E. White is right back this way.

 

Video of the Moment #1416: Matthew E. White

 
By on Tuesday, 17th December 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

I’m having trouble thinking how to describe avuncular, cuddly Virginian Matthew E. White‘s ‘Human Style’ from his current EP ‘Outer Face’ (a good name to follow up album ‘Big Inner’, eh?), now out on Domino Records. (Where is Martin when you need him?) It’s got ethereal female backing vocals, but the overall effect is…space-age gospel? Maybe you will be less confused if you watch the performance promo below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCiRmrgT4mQ[/youtube]

 

Video of the Moment #1186: Matthew E. White

 
By on Monday, 22nd April 2013 at 6:00 pm
 

Martin introduced us to Matthew E. White back in February, and now the American is gearing up to release his next single, ‘Steady Pace’, on the 6th of May on Domino. While cardboard cutouts moving round might sound promising as a premise for a video, the promo is certainly quirky and unique, just like White himself. Watch it below.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPON67dKs3M[/youtube]

Sunday 21st April 2013 – Bristol Thekla
Wednesday 24th April 2013 – Glasgow Arches
Thursday 25th April 2013 – Manchester Sound Control
Friday 26th April 2013 – London Queen Elizabeth Hall (sold out)

 

Bands to Watch #262: Matthew E. White

 
By on Wednesday, 6th February 2013 at 12:00 pm
 

Seemingly out of nowhere, a bespectacled and impressively-bearded man from Richmond, Virginia, named Matthew E. White has released a rather fine album by the name of ‘Big Inner’. Despite many end-of-year accolades for the work, it has only just been released worldwide on Domino Records, previously having been only available by special import from the USA on the Hometapes/Spacebomb imprint. Thus Mr. White is currently a name unfamiliar to all but the most ardent fans of the American underground scene – though perhaps for not much longer.

The triumph is, of course, that ‘Big Inner’ is thoroughly deserving of wider release. In its seven songs, there’s a superficial sheen of big-band psychedelia, a heartbeat of pure Motown soul, overlaid with White’s zen-like chestnut vocal. Band duties are discharged by Spacebomb, a 35-strong collective of musicians curated by White himself; a house band for the new millenium, for whose talents the songs were specifically written and arranged. This symbiotic relationship has yielded a piece of work which would not be out of place in the oeuvre of many a grizzled practitioner of contemporary Americana.

Whilst comparisons may appear churlish and superficial, for the purposes of description some must be drawn. Prior to their current lengthy miserablist period, Lambchop were making these kind of uplifting, soulful, downtempo yarns, run through with a streak of melancholia. In the thudding drums of ‘Steady Pace’, beautifully-faceted brass and vocal arrangements and dual-tracked lead voice lives the ghost of 10CC. And more recent psychedelic big bands like The Polyphonic Spree and even Spiritualized are in good company here.

The collection climaxes with the 10-minute masterpiece ‘Brazos’ (listen below). From opening brass fanfare, via an enormous massed chorus and all manner of percussive and vocal ephemera, the song builds to a religious fervour worthy of the most enthusiastic Southern Baptist Easter Sunday service – shouts of “Hallelujah!” and fainting in the aisles wouldn’t be out of place. Ladies and gentlemen, follow a star to the East Coast, where a bearded man is here to preach the sin from your tortured souls. The future is all White.

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njN7R5P6EvY[/youtube]

 
 
 

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