Matthew E. White | 29/11/12

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On January 21st, Domino will release Big Inner, the debut album by Virgina-based artist Matthew E. White.

Moving, redemptive and powerfully soulful, Big Inner is a timeless record told in seven songs that mingle memory with the rawness of any given human moment. The references — from the lyrics that echo the common conditions of love, death, seeking, and finding, to open tributes to artists like Washington Phillips, Allen Toussaint, Jorge Ben, Jimmy Cliff, and Randy Newman — are their own scavenger hunt through music history and through White’s place in it.

Pitchfork have today premiered the video for Big Inner track "Will You Love Me." The panoramic promo, directed by Daniel Portrait, juxtaposes the scenic hills of Durham, North Carolina with the emotionally poignant song. Watch it now:

A gifted jazz arranger and exceptional guitarist, White's vision for Big Inner was realised with the help of bassist Cameron Ralston and drummer Pinson Chanselle,who make up the core of his Spacebomb House Band and then embellished with horns, strings, and a choir - all culled from and roused by the venerable landscape of Richmond, Virginia and recorded in the attic of White's house in the city.

To celebrate the release of 'Big Inner', White and the Spacebomb House Band will be performing in the United Kingdom for the first time in January 2013, playing the following intimate dates:

•    Tuesday 22nd January – The Hope, Brighton
•    Wednesday 23rd January – The Lexington, London

Big Inner will be released on Domino on 21 January. If you're hungry for more Matthew E. White, then you can listen to (and download!) album highlight "Big Love" now: