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 with an entire orchestra in Brooklyn, and his songs are every bit as sweeping and stunning, if a little more understated. In fact, the similarities between the two records suggests that a signature “Spacebomb sound” is in the making. To get a feel for what that performance was like, watch the Shawn Brackbill-directed video for “Feeling Good Is Good Enough” below. It’s got plenty of behind-the-scenes footage and shots of the whole band performing. And if you haven’t checked out Fresh Blood, spend some time with it. Sometimes the sleepy, under-the-radar records are the ones that startle you awake.
Fresh Blood is out now via Domino.