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Matthew E. White – “Vision (No Skin Version)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Matthew E. White’s tender, sighing orchestral-soul missive Fresh Blood is one of 2015’s greatest underdogs. The record came out in March with spurts and starts of fanfare, but never really seemed to catch fire like a record of this magnitude deserves. Perhaps the new deluxe version, then, will be what sparks interest in White’s gentle,… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 22, 2015 - 9:59 am

Matthew E. White – “Feeling Good Is Good Enough” Video

I consider Matthew E. White’s album Fresh Blood to be something of a sacrificial lamb. White (and Trey Pollard) produced and arranged labelmate Natalie Prass’ jaw-dropping, grandiose self-titled debut, an album that couldn’t help but eclipse his own record that came out a few weeks after. In March I went to see White perform withMore »

By: Caitlin White / April 22, 2015 - 12:25 pm

Watch Matthew E. White Strip Things Down On Letterman

Richmond singer-songwriter Matthew E. White’s greatest strength is his gift for piling horns and strings on top of each other into a big, soft, luxurious wall of sound. Playing live, he can’t call on his pocket orchestra of studio musicians, and so he needs to switch things up. Last night on Letterman, he made the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 17, 2015 - 9:51 am

Stream Matthew E. White Fresh Blood

Even if he’d never gotten around to releasing any music in 2015, the Richmond, Virginia orchestral-soul studio king Matthew E. White would still be having a great year. After all, he already co-produced Natalie Prass’ great self-titled debut album, and its baroque flights of strings and horns make a great showcase for White’s out-of-this-world arrangement… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015 - 9:02 am

Watch Matthew E. White Cover Randy Newman In His Take Away Show

The French website La Blogothèque’s Take Away Shows make for a great way of seeing what an artist is made of. In the video series, artists play without amplification, in natural lighting, in public Paris spaces. And sometimes, they manage to come up with something spellbinding, as with Father John Misty’s recent rendition of “IMore »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2015 - 10:34 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week’s videos: A romantic apocalyptic vision, a balling-on-a-budget masterclass, a giddy cartoon crossover, an absolutely fucking disgusting surgery-room fever-dream, and a glittering metropolitan drug-trip. None of them have anything to do with each other! But they’re all really good! There is not a single thread connecting this week’s best videos beyond the fact that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Matthew E. White – “Rock & Roll Is Cold” Video

Director Kevin Bennett gives Matthew E. White’s “Rock & Roll Is Cold” an extremely literal treatment, filming White wandering a snowy landscape while the Fresh Blood single unfurls. The upbeat, orchestrated soul-pop reminds me of a softer, happier “Sympathy For The Devil,” but White’s message is blunt and merciless. Watch below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 17, 2015 - 11:03 am

Hear Indie Folk Supergroup Sounds Of The South Play “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” From MusicNOW – 10 Years Comp

For the past decade, the National’s Bryce Dessner has been helping to put together Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival, which regularly features acts from the National’s orbit doing one-off collaborations. A new compilation called MusicNOW – 10 Years collects live recordings from past years, and it features big indie stars like Robin Pecknold, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2015 - 1:03 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We’re officially five full weeks into 2015, so where do we stand (besides shin-deep in gray-curb slush puddles)? From the sounds of this playlist, we might not be standing at all. We could be bounding through aquariums, huddling in storm-wrecked caves, kneeling in funereal cathedrals, feasting in royal courts, or traipsing around the woods. Thi… More »

By: Stereogum / February 6, 2015 - 4:51 pm

Matthew E. White – “Tranquility”

Matthew E. White, the orchestral-soul singer-songwriter from Richmond, Virginia, is on pace to have a hell of a 2015. He already co-produced Natalie Prass’ lush and complex self-titled album, one of the young year’s great debut albums. And next month, he’ll release his own new album Fresh Blood, the follow-up to 2012’s great Big Inner. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 2, 2015 - 1:41 pm

Matthew E. White – “Rock & Roll Is Cold”

A couple of years ago, Richmond, Virginia’s Matthew E. White hit our radar when he released Big Inner, an album of lush, thoughtful, beautifully orchestrated folk-rock. White’s follow-up Fresh Blood is coming in a couple of months, and he’s already dropped a teaser. This morning, White shared “Rock & Roll Is Cold,” the album’s first… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 12, 2015 - 8:43 am

Watch A Teaser For Matthew E. White’s Fresh Blood

Richmond-based Matthew E. White, a specialist in ethereal, orchestral folk-rock, has signed to Domino for his new album Fresh Blood, the follow-up to Big Inner. White recorded the album at his Spacebomb headquarters, described in a press release as “an analog studio, record label and production house with in-house strings, horns and a choir at… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 10, 2014 - 11:11 am

Matthew E. White – “Human Style” Video

Matthew E. White has a new video for the Outer Face EP track “Human Style.” The Tony Forgey-directed video captures the recording of the track with White and his fellow Spacebomb collective buddies. The song is a laid back jam, but the stark black and white clip displays some very sharp editing that gets acro… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 16, 2013 - 12:02 pm

Stream Matthew E. White Outer Face EP

The third iteration of Matthew E. White’s 2012 debut Big Inner is about to be released in the form of an expansion EP called Outer Face. The singer’s LP was re-released earlier this year, having been picked up by Domino. We’ve already heard “Hot Hot Hot” from the short player, but now you can stream… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 14, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Matthew E. White – “Hot Hot Hot”

Matthew E. White’s magnificent 2012 debut LP, Big Inner, probably didn’t get the attention it deserved, but to the credit of all parties involved, it remains an active priority well into 2013. After being released last August on White’s own Spacebomb Records, it was picked up by influential indie Domino and re-released this past January. More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 21, 2013 - 10:42 am

Matthew E. White – “Big Love (Hot Chip Remix)”

Richmond, VA gospel-folk-psych-soul crooner Matthew E. White released one of 2012’s best albums, Big Inner, a stunning and sorta miraculous collection that congregated with the lofty (and disparate) likes of Spiritualized, Leonard Cohen, and Terry Reilly. Pretty remarkably, it’s been almost exactly one year (one year plus one day, to be precise) since we first… More »

By: Michael Nelson / July 10, 2013 - 11:23 am

Q&A: Matthew E. White On The Unexpected Success Of His Debut Album, Big Inner, And What Happens Next

In a year already frontloaded with critically beloved and big name releases, it might be easy to overlook one of the year’s most wonderful records — Matthew E. White’s Big Inner. Originally released in 2012 on Hometapes and given a proper re-release earlier this year via Domino, Big Inner is, in some ways, something of… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / June 18, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Matthew E. White – “Steady Pace” Video

Matthew E. White released a video last year for “Will You Love Me,” and now he has a new one for “Steady Pace,” another fantastic song off his 2012 debut, Big Inner. The video incorporates the album artwork, and some charming stop motion as White, dressed in a white suit and shot on a white… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 18, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Matthew E White – “Will You Love Me” Video

Richmond, VA’s Matthew E White made our list of the 40 Best New Bands Of 2012 on the strength of his magnificent debut LP Big Inner, which somehow not only sounds like Leonard Cohen, Terry Reilly, and Spiritualized, but actually sounds worthy of those comparisons. I honestly think it will be remembered as a classic. More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 29, 2012 - 11:04 am

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2012

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to select the rising bands which have connected them, someone wrote a long time ago. Or, something close to that. Here’s what we’re getting down to: It’s that time of year when Stereogum’s staff selects the 40 most exciting new* acts of… More »

By: Stereogum / September 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm
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