Jack White makes a solo return with his own
personal present day Revolution 9.
WORDS Lorenzo Ottone
A rather absurd video has just appeared recently, suggesting a solo comeback of former White Stripes’ guitarist.
The recording, entitled Servings and Portions from my Boarding House Reach, is a deconstructed cut-up of sounds and genres – in the style of Cubist collages – mirroring the variety of contemporary music and likely to suggest Jack White’s influences in making his new album.
What is still not clear is whether Servings and Portions from my Boarding House Reach is a song from an upcoming album – whose release date is yet to confirm – or an LP teaser simply done à-la Jack White.
The pastiche of sounds varies from funky drumming and ragtime to Jack White’s trademark electric take on blues and Beatles-flavoured ballads –especially contributing to add reminiscences of the Fab 4’s cut-up technique used in "Revolution 9" and "A Day in the Life".
What stands out the most, though, is the repeated presence of samplers and sounds borrowed from hip hop – promising an album which could result in White’s most eclectic work so far.
Earlier this year at the Making Vinyl conference in Detroit, White confirmed he had been working on a new album and said: “It’s a bizarre one. I’ve just got to let it settle. I need to listen to it by myself. I haven’t been able to listen to it by myself for a while.” In another occasion Third Man Records head described his new work as “good gardening music or roofing music or, you know, back-alley stabbing music.”
Servings and Portions from my Boarding House Reach’s video confirms the black-and-electric blue palette already used in White’s two previous solo albums. Hands seem to be the leading motive for the new album, appearing many times in both human and mannequin form.
Graphics used in the video suggest early 19th century esoteric atmospheres – who knows if Jack White’s suit wardrobe will update to that of a dandy clairvoyant.
While waiting for further news about the new album all we can do is watch on repeat the cryptic teaser and try to find more hints left us by Jack White.