Album: Boarding House Reach
Release Date: TBA
Jack White keeps up a relentless schedule. Since his 2014 solo album, Lazaretto, he co-produced a documentary on American roots music for PBS, launched a new vinyl manufacturing plant in Detroit, appeared on acclaimed records by Beyoncé and A Tribe Called Quest, released a Dead Weather LP and continued to helm his Third Man Records label. He also set about working on new solo music, telling The New Yorker that his aim was "to write songs where I can't be heard by the next-door neighbor" and "to write like Michael Jackson would write. … To do everything in my head and to do it in silence." In December, he shared a grab-bag video titled "Servings and Portions From My Boarding House Reach" that contained snippets of technological bleeping, gargled rapping, thunking live breakbeats, fingers whirring over a sampler, a bluesy ballad full of stabbing organs and blistering guitar riffs. "It's a bizarre [album]," White told Billboard. "I've just got to let it settle." Now he's unveiled first single "Connected by Love," a woozy plea for forgiveness from a lover who has burned all his bridges, recorded with musicians who regularly play in the hip-hop world. Along with the formal album announcement, White also released polyrhythmic rocker "Respect Commander."