Jack White participated in a keynote Q&A at the Making Vinyl conference in Detroit last night, and the former White Stripes frontman dropped some more details on his upcoming solo album along with his continued preaching of the gospel of vinyl.
As Billboard reports, White spoke at length on the resurgence of vinyl and the various reasons behind it, including the medium giving music lovers a chance to respect the art of music. “This isn’t being retro,” White says. “This is reverence to the beauty of music and sitting down and paying attention in a world where everyone is texting every five seconds.”
White, who opened up a Third Man Records vinyl pressing facility in Detroit earlier this year, also mentions his first experience with vinyl pressing in 1988, how Third Man Records has surpassed his initial expectations, the fact that Third Man was supposed to press Beyoncé‘s critically acclaimed Lemonade and more.
After the Q&A, White spoke briefly with Billboard on the as-yet-unnamed new album, which will mark his third solo effort and first since 2014’s Lazaretto, saying that the record is “practically done, just some finishing touches.” Earlier this year, Third Man shared a couple photos of White with his studio bands in New York and Nashville, with the NYC photo including Soulive/Lettuce keyboardist Neal Evans (see above).
“It’s a bizarre one,” White continues. “I’ve just got to let it settle. I need to listen to it by myself. I haven’t been able to listen to it by myself for awhile.” The musician also indicated that the new album should be out in the first half of 2018.