Jack White has announced the release his eagerly anticipated new album, Boarding House Reach, which will be released Third Man/Columbia on Friday, March 23rd. The 12-time GRAMMY Award-winner’s third solo LP and first all-new album in nearly four years was produced by Jack White III and recorded at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN, Sear Sound in New York, NY, and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, CA. The album was mixed by Bill Skibbe, Joshua V. Smith, and White at Third Man Studio in Nashville, TN.
The project sees Jack White expanding his musical palate with perhaps his most ambitious work thus far, a collection songs that are simultaneously timeless and modern. Written and conceived while holed up in a spartan apartment with literally no outside world distractions, White exclusively used the same kind gear he had when he was 15 years old (a quarter-inch four-track tape recorder, a simple mixer, and the most basic instrumentation). The album explores a remarkable range sonic terrain — crunching rock ‘n’ roll, electro and hard funk, proto punk, hip hop, gospel blues, and even country — all remapped and born anew to fit White’s matchless vision and sense restless experimentation. Boarding House Reach is a testament to the breadth Jack White’s creative power and his bold artistic ambition.
Boarding House Reach features White on vocals, acoustic and electric guitars and drums, organ, and synthesizers. He’s backed by a remarkable new lineup musicians that includes: drummer Louis Cato (Beyoncé, Q-Tip, John Legend, Mariah Carey), bassists Charlotte Kemp Muhl (The Ghost a Saber Tooth Tiger) and NeonPhoenix (Kanye West, Lil Wayne, Jay-Z), synthesizer players DJ Harrison and Anthony “Brew” Brewster (Fishbone, The Untouchables), keyboardists Neal Evans (Soulive, Talib Kweli, John Scield) and Quincy McCrary (Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Pitbull), percussionists Bobby Allende (David Byrne, Marc Anthony) and Justin Porée (Ozomatli), and backing vocalists Esther Rose and Ann & Regina McCrary Nashville’s beloved gospel trio, The McCrary Sisters, as well as longtime collaborators like drummers Daru Jones (Nas, Talib Kweli) and Carla Azar (Autolux, Depeche Mode, Doyle Bramhall II). Singer-songwriter C.W. Stoneking also appears, contributing a stirring spoken word performance to the album’s “Abulia and Akrasia.”
The album is heralded by the rapidly acclaimed new single, “Connected By Love,” b/w “Respect Commander,” which is available now digitally worldwide and as a physical 7-inch vinyl single pressed at Third Man Pressing in Detroit, MI. In addition, a limited edition tri-color 7-inch single will be on sale for one day only, Saturday, January 13th exclusively at Third Man Records brick & mortar stores in Nashville and Detroit.
Additionally, White & Third Man Records have revealed a special Boarding House Reach-themed Vault Package #35 which will be the only limited edition the new album, with subscriptions open through January 31st. The new package is highlighted by a limited edition, colored vinyl version Boarding House Reach that will be the only vinyl variation the LP to be made available. Pressed at Third Man Pressing in the Cass Corridor Detroit, the 180-gram, blue and black swirl vinyl edition features exclusive Vault-only cover art which dramatically depicts White’s stylized face and is printed on arresting holographic foil paper in the classic Stoughton tip-on style. The LP is further accompanied by a unique-to-this-package 12″ x 24″ insert featuring the complete album lyrics.
The Boarding House Reach Vault package also includes a two-song demo 7-inch single, fering up embryonic versions “Connected By Love” and the album track, “Why Walk a Dog?” The former take – billed here under its original title, “Infected By Love” – was recorded entirely by White in the aforementioned Nashville apartment. White found keyboard tones on this recording that the world’s most seasoned session musicians could not recreate in the studio and thus, some those tones were sourced from this simple demo to be utilized on the final album version. Meanwhile, “Why Walk a Dog?” was recorded, like much the Boarding House Reach demos, alone at his private songwriting refuge. With its expressive synth and drum machine cadence, the track is overtly hypnotic even in this early state. Indeed, the “Connected By Love” and “Why Walk a Dog?” single provides a fascinating insight into White’s process, revealing the creative progression his songs from inception to completion.
In addition to the recorded material, Vault Package #35 comes with three separate and exclusive photographs shot during the album recording sessions. Taken by noted photographer — and White’s longtime friend — David Swanson at Sear Sound in New York and Capitol Studios in Los Angeles, these large-format, high quality glossy reproductions are exclusive to the Vault. The photographs will be coupled with three foil-stamped poetry broadsides, printed on silky metallic papers (black, white, and blue) containing White’s poems from the new album tracks, “Abulia and Akrasia,” “Ezmerelda Steals the Show,” and “Get in the Mind Shaft.”
Boarding House Reach Vault Package #35 will also include, for the third year running, a custom 2018 Third Man Records challenge coin, complete with album-specific artwork. The substantial and stylish coin doubles as a 45 adaptor and grants its holder ten percent f purchases in both Third Man Records storefronts. Past Third Man Challenge coins will no longer be valid at Third Man storefronts once Vault Package #35 ships.
Third Man Vault subscriptions are open now through January 31st. All Boarding House Reach Vault packages will ship to arrive on and as close to the album’s ficial March 23rd street date.
White will celebrate Boarding House Reach with a number just announced headline festival performances, including Shaky Knees in Atlanta (May 4th-6th), Boston Calling 2018 (May 25th-27th), and Governor’s Ball in New York (June 1st-3rd). Additional dates will be unveiled soon with a physical copy Boarding House Reach to be distributed with each ticket sold on White’s upcoming tour. Fans will have the option to upgrade to standard vinyl LP.
1. Connected By Love
2. Why Walk A Dog?
4. Abulia and Akrasia
6. Ice Station Zebra
7. Over and Over and Over
8. Everything You’ve Ever Learned
9. Respect Commander
10. Ezmerelda Steals The Show
11. Get In The Mind Shaft
12. What’s Done Is Done