Jack White’s latest single, “Lazaretto,” is full of chaotic groove, and now it’s been paired with an equally insane music video. The Jonas & François-directed clip opens with a guitar pick flying through shards of shattered glass – and the whiplash visuals only get more eye-popping from there.
Everybody knows White is a guitar god, but “Lazaretto” is dominated by the low-end. Early on in the clip, the multi-instrumentalist plugs in his bass and nestles into a funky riff, as psychedelic synth leads sparkle between heavy drum fills. White spends much of the video mugging for the camera (when he isn’t spitting on it), cranking out one an ear-busting guitar solo midway through. (At one point, White’s shadow throws in a solo of its own.) Jonas & François mingle in rapid-fire shots of a stomping bull and a rubber-burning sports car, but the climax – a guitar shattering into a million pieces – is the true highlight.
White’s new solo album, Lazaretto, comes out June 10th on Columbia and his own label, Third Man Records. A seven-inch vinyl single of “Lazaretto” (backed by a non-album cover of Elvis Presley’s “Power of My Love”) is now available for pre-order. The full Lazaretto LP is currently streaming on iTunes in its entirety; it’s available for pre-order on both ULTRA LP vinyl and CD.
Meanwhile, White will return June 9th for a performance and interview on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon; back in May, rock legend Neil Young performed “Crazy” on the show, as White pressed the song onto vinyl before the studio audience using the Voice-O-Graph, a refurbished 1947 recording booth used to record Young’s latest album, A Letter Home.