Tuesday, 8 September 2015

The Music - Matthew E. White's 'Rock & Roll Is Cold'

Bandleader and soul visionary (his official title, apparently!) Matthew E. White has unveiled 'Rock & Roll Is Cold', the lead single to his new album Fresh Blood.

Fresh Blood - a sublime 10-track LP co-produced by White and his Spacebomb Records co-founder Trey Pollard - is released on 9 March 2015 via Domino records.

Despite White declaring here that "everyone knows rock and roll is cold" in the first verse, 'Rock & Roll Is Cold' is actually the opposite --- an effortlessly cool celebration of a song with a highly addictive piano melody and a slinky R&B groove. 

Sounding even brighter and bolder than Big Inner - and with some serious pop chops in tow - it's unmistakably a Matthew E. White track - full of unique character and confidence as well, as those pulchritudinous pristine horn arrangements we've come to love.

White said of the song ....
"Rock & Roll Is Cold is about how we continue to take the most vibrant, soulful, deep music and make it a caricature of itself. We look into it, force it to turn in on itself, force it to turn back on itself, and we lose the source, we lose the mystery, the magic, and we seem to be unaware that any of that is even happening.“ 

In 2012, Virginian visionary, Matthew E. White really impressed with his debut album, Big Inner; a stunning collection of songs that took older influences like Randy Newman, Curtis Mayfield, and The Band, and remade them into a progressive, 21st century product.

Big Inner debuted at #19 on Billboard '​s Heatseekers Albums chart. The album received five stars from The Guardian newspaper and was called "One of the great albums of modern Americana" by Uncut magazine. Big Inner appeared on several "best of the year" lists in 2012,

Now, White hopes to pick up where he left off with his follow-up, Fresh Blood - a sublime 10-track LP co-produced by White and his Spacebomb Records co-founder Trey Pollard.

According to a press release, the album promises to be more “deliberate” than its predecessor, the result of “his co-writing sessions with longtime friend and former bandmate Andy Jenkins, to his steady arrangement brainstorms with the trusted Spacebomb house band—bassist Cameron Ralston, drummer Pinson Chanselle, and guitarist Trey Pollard.”

A double-LP special edition will include Fresh Blood: No Skin, a different mix of the album minus the strings, horns, and choir.

On March 3, White will play an album release party at Brooklyn's BRIC Arts Center, where he'll be backed by a 30-piece orchestra.

Fresh Blood will be available on CD (WIGCD309), Vinyl (WIGLP309) and via digital download (WIG309D). There is also a special edition of the album, which is a double LP gatefold heavyweight vinyl (WIGLP309X) containing a bonus LP titled Fresh Blood: No Skin – a full length minimalist mix of the entire album, minus strings/horns or choir.

You can order Fresh Blood on amazon NOW - just click the link..

01 Take Care My Baby
02 Rock & Roll Is Cold
03 Fruit Trees
04 Holy Moly
05 Circle ‘Round the Sun
06 Feeling Good Is Good Enough
07 Tranquility
08 Golden Robes
09 Vision
10 Love Is Deep

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