15 Songs, 1 Hour, 7 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer-songwriter Jim White skirts genres. He has his country moments, his flashes of folk, his rocker tendencies and an abiding love for sound exploration that takes his songs out of the normal traffic loop and into space. Transnormal Skiperoo, White’s fourth studio album, named after the indescribable joy he’s known to feel on occasion just for being alive, is a deeply layered collection of styles merging and clashing to great effect. Produced by Joe Pernice and Michael Deming and recorded with the band Ollabelle, along with guest spots from local Georgia bluegrass duo Jeff and Vida on the album’s closer “Long Long Day,” Transnormal diversifies throughout. “Take Me Away” uses his rustic tone, dobro and banjo to punctuate his southern drawl. “Turquoise Car” hop-steps with a goofy free spiritedness, whereas “Fruit of the Vine” is seven minutes of ambient space travel where White’s drawl curtails to a whisper. “Crash into the Sun,” employs Tucker Martine and Laura Veirs to work a shadowy funk. A moody nightclub noir swagger haunts “Diamonds to Coal.” White’s eclectic impulses create abrupt stylistic shifts that rely on the element of surprise.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Singer-songwriter Jim White skirts genres. He has his country moments, his flashes of folk, his rocker tendencies and an abiding love for sound exploration that takes his songs out of the normal traffic loop and into space. Transnormal Skiperoo, White’s fourth studio album, named after the indescribable joy he’s known to feel on occasion just for being alive, is a deeply layered collection of styles merging and clashing to great effect. Produced by Joe Pernice and Michael Deming and recorded with the band Ollabelle, along with guest spots from local Georgia bluegrass duo Jeff and Vida on the album’s closer “Long Long Day,” Transnormal diversifies throughout. “Take Me Away” uses his rustic tone, dobro and banjo to punctuate his southern drawl. “Turquoise Car” hop-steps with a goofy free spiritedness, whereas “Fruit of the Vine” is seven minutes of ambient space travel where White’s drawl curtails to a whisper. “Crash into the Sun,” employs Tucker Martine and Laura Veirs to work a shadowy funk. A moody nightclub noir swagger haunts “Diamonds to Coal.” White’s eclectic impulses create abrupt stylistic shifts that rely on the element of surprise.

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About Jim White

Southern Gothic singer/songwriter Jim White grew up in Pensacola, Florida, enamored with the sounds of the white gospel music he heard on the Gospel Jubilee television series. After spending his formative years on the outskirts of a deeply Pentecostal community, he entertained a career as a professional surfer, followed by a stint in Milan as a fashion model. A bandsaw accident that resulted in a maimed left hand seemed to end White's hopes as a musician, but after writing a collection of simple songs on his guitar, a friend convinced him to record a demo, which ultimately made its way to the offices of David Byrne's Luaka Bop label. After re-recording the songs, White issued his debut, Wrong-Eyed Jesus!, a collection of atmospheric, oddly spiritual country-folk performances, in 1997. No Such Place was issued in early 2001. In 2004, White released Drill a Hole in That Substrate and Tell Me What You See (again on Luaka Bop), which featured such eccentric guests as the Barenaked Ladies, Aimee Mann, and Bill Frisell. The year 2005 saw the release of Music from Searching for the Wrong-Eyed Jesus, a soundtrack to the surrealist road film by director Andrew Douglas that featured material by White, the Handsome Family, 16 Horsepower, and others. Transnormal Skiperoo arrived in 2007, followed by the live EP Funny Little Cross to Bear in early 2009. Sounds of the Americans appeared in 2011. Parting ways with Luaka Bop, White continued his fascinating and eclectic journey through the mists of Americana with Where It Hits You early in 2012, his first release for new label Yep Roc Records. In 2014, White was approached by the Athens, Georgia roots music ensemble the Packway Handle Band to produce an album for the group, and the project grew into a collaborative project between White and the Packways, 2015's Take It Like a Man. ~ Jason Ankeny

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