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Jack and White are the folk-based Los Angeles duo of singer/songwriters Jack Matranga and Brooke White. Riding the buzz of their summery 2011 EP Gemini, they return with Winter, a solid follow-up that captures the feeling of staying cozy in the cold season's crisp night air. Singing lead for the first time, Matranga lends a mysteriously cool, androgynous tone to the opening song, “Night After Night,” though it’s White’s close harmonies that dynamically open up the tune. When White and Matranga sing longingly for a vacation away from the cold rain, they hit moments that recall the chemistry between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. This follows them into the next song, “Bright Side of the Bad News,” a standout track laced with haunting nods to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors. It gets even more difficult to curb the Stevie Nicks comparisons in "XYZ,” where White’s vocals have the slightly scratchy timbre associated with classic hits like “Dreams” and “Gold Dust Woman.” The closing ballad, “Voices,” shimmers with original brilliance.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Jack and White are the folk-based Los Angeles duo of singer/songwriters Jack Matranga and Brooke White. Riding the buzz of their summery 2011 EP Gemini, they return with Winter, a solid follow-up that captures the feeling of staying cozy in the cold season's crisp night air. Singing lead for the first time, Matranga lends a mysteriously cool, androgynous tone to the opening song, “Night After Night,” though it’s White’s close harmonies that dynamically open up the tune. When White and Matranga sing longingly for a vacation away from the cold rain, they hit moments that recall the chemistry between Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham. This follows them into the next song, “Bright Side of the Bad News,” a standout track laced with haunting nods to Fleetwood Mac’s Rumors. It gets even more difficult to curb the Stevie Nicks comparisons in "XYZ,” where White’s vocals have the slightly scratchy timbre associated with classic hits like “Dreams” and “Gold Dust Woman.” The closing ballad, “Voices,” shimmers with original brilliance.

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About Jack and White

American electronic duo Jack Ü is the side project of EDM giants Diplo and Skrillex, with the pair combining to create a mixture of house, dubstep, and trap. After collaborating on numerous projects, including Skrillex's appearance on Diplo's Major Lazer project and Diplo's credits on Skrillex's Bangarang EP and full-length Recess, the pair made their first appearance together at the Mad Decent Block Party in 2013. They went on to play a host of festivals together, mixing varied sets of music, and eventually recorded some original material. The resulting single, "Take Ü There" with Kiesza on vocals, was released in 2014. Their debut full-length arrived a year later. Skrillex and Diplo Present Jack Ü (OWSLA/Mad Decent) spawned the multi-platinum hit single "Where Are U Now" with Justin Bieber and topped the dance/electronic charts in Australia and the U.S. upon release. ~ Scott Kerr & Neil Z. Yeung

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