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Matthew E. White

Matthew E. White - FUV Live at BRIC Arts Media Center - 2015

by Carmel Holt

The Richmond, Virginia-based Spacebomb Records, founded by Matthew E. White, is not only a label, but a recording studio, production company and a collective. It's a model based on Stax or Motown, complete with with a house band, choir, string section, and arrangers. That kind of expansive setup could be a risky proposition in this day and age, to say the least. But when White and his cohorts recorded his 2012 debut, Big Inner, it was meant to serve as a showpiece for what the group could do. No one predicted that the album would put Matt in the spotlight, least of all Matt himself.

After two years of touring and critical acclaim, White is back with an even grander calling card, his sophomore release Fresh Blood. To properly launch the album, it was only right to perform it as it was recorded. Matt and most of the Spacebomb crew—the eight-piece horn section, a gospel trio (Resound), and White's own band, joined by a local 15-piece string section—came to BRIC Arts Media in downtown Brooklyn to premiere the songs from Fresh Blood.

FUV's New Dig: Matthew E. White

by Darren DeVivo
Matthew E. White (photo by Shawn Brackbill, courtesy of the artist)

Fresh Blood
Matthew E. White
Domino Records

Singer, songwriter and producer Matthew E. White has worn many eclectic musical hats in his brief career, ranging from record company executive (his own Spacebomb Records) to bandleader of an improvisatory jazz band, Fight the Big Bull. But it's White's solo work that has brought him the most widespread acclaim, beginning with his solo debut, 2012's Big Inner, and now his sophomore effort, Fresh Blood. It's a bold, polished album that manages to be both subtle and sweeping in scope.