Matthew E. White: “One Of These Days”
Sometimes you hear a voice and a sound so beguiling, it compels you to listen and listen some more. Upon doing some searching for a song of the day, amidst the drippy dream pop and disposable digital dreck that lurks conspicuously on music websites, I found a song that renewed my faith, and reinvigorated me through and through. The artist is Matthew E. White, and that song was “One Of These Days.”
In addition to his solo work White, a native of Richmond, Virginia, is the leader of the critically-aclaimed, avant-garde jazz group Fight the Big Bull. The group has worked with contemporary jazz notables like Ken Vandermark and Steven Bernstein as well as indie darlings Megafaun, Justin Vernon (of Bon Iver) and Sharon Van Etten. Last year White founded the boutique label Spacebomb Records. The imprint takes inspiration from storied labels like Stax and Motown, using a house band and session players to help craft songs.
White’s upcoming solo LP Big Inner (due out August 21) will be a joint release between Spacebomb and Portland’s Hometapes. In the meantime, White will be releasing “One Of These Days” (Big Inner’s lead track) as a single on July 24. As I mentioned before, the song’s already hit the Web, and I’m darn thankful about it. It’s warped soul that swims deep in a delicious Sunday-morning morphine haze. The arrangements are beautiful and White’s languid baritone makes for a great listen.