Jack White will release his new solo album Lazaretto on June 10th via his own Third Man Records and Columbia, and the former White Stripes frontman already has a blistering new cut available for your ear-busting pleasure.
You can check out “High Ball Stepper” below, a scorched Earth instrumental in which White only snaps out of his guitar madness for brief interludes of flourishing piano. The track comes complete with a wild video of close up shots of bouncing, jiggling paint that’s being propelled – fittingly enough – by the vibrations from a massive speaker cabinet.
A pre-order of a special limited edition copy of Lazaretto is available by signing up for the Third Man Records’ Vault, open through April 30th. The Vault edition of Lazaretto features the album pressed on blue-and-white vinyl, a fold-out poster, a classic National Archives photo that appears throughout the album art and a 7-inch featuring demo versions of two Lazaretto cuts, “Alone in My Home” and “Entitlement.” The package also includes a bonus 40-page hardcover book complete with lyrics, musical notation and photos.
Lazaretto follows up White’s 2012 solo debut, Blunderbuss, and the guitarist already has a handful of festival dates lined up for this summer, including stops at Governors Ball, Bonnaroo and Forecastle Festival. White’s other group the Dead Weather will also return with a new album in 2015, and will release a series of two-song sets throughout this year via Third Man.
In a chat with fans on the Third Man message board earlier this year, White dropped news of the album. “I’m producing two albums this month, and finishing them,” he said. “One of them is mine.” In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, White mentioned that he had 20 to 25 songs already written. “It’s definitely not one sound,” he said of the new material. “It’s definitely several. Like you heard in Blunderbuss, there’s many different styles there. I don’t pick my style and then write a song. I just write whatever comes out of me, and whatever style it is is what it is, and it becomes something later.”