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Ward White Is The Matador

by Ward White

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Sabbath 04:22
Tumble 02:41
Balloon 04:17
Bikini 04:36
Chiquita 02:57
Dia Luna 03:20
Drive Thru 04:14
Rash 04:00
Reprieve 03:47


Featured in New York Magazine, MAGNET, and CMJ, Ward White Is The Matador is a sprawling, near double-album length foray into genre-hopping art rock. Co-produced by White, and psych-pop auteurs Bryan Scary & Graham Norwood (Bryan Scary & The Shredding Tears, Evil Arrows, The Dough Rollers), Ward White Is The Matador's 14 songs run the gamut from Scott Walker-esque noir croon, to glam, to orchestral pop, closing with a 21-minute, Grand-Guignol fever dream of a track that defies easy description.

"...a bright-hued sprawl of Scott Walker stalking, mid-Bowie lounge art and session cat let-loosing that defies trends."
— CMJ (Featured Track Premiere)
"The indie rock ache of Ward White Is The Matador", rated "Brilliant" in the October 20 Approval Matrix.
— New York Magazine
"…mellifluous high tenor over some of the most well-crafted psych pop since names like the Zombies and the Byrds populated the charts."
— Elmore Magazine
"A superbly lyrical voice..."
— The New Yorker
"...as arch and distinctive as a rock song can hope to be in the year 2014 without sounding fey or contrived."
— Fingertips Music
"The most intricately literate of all the albums on this list. Nobody writes more intriguing, or menacing, rock narratives than this New York tunesmith."
— New York Music Daily, 50 Best Albums of 2014
"Ward White is a brilliant vocalist and arranger... equal parts Colin Blunstone, and young David Bowie as he drifts through each narrative."
— Powerpopaholic


released November 4, 2014

Written by Ward White
Produced by Bryan Scary & Graham Norwood, with Ward White
Recorded & Mixed by Bryan Smith at Wescott Music, Brooklyn, NY
Additional recording/editing by Bryan Scary, and Ward White
Keyboards recorded by Joe McGinty at Carousel Studios, Brooklyn, NY
Mastered by Joe Lambert at JLM
Design & Photography by Jim Brown / www.officebrown.com

Ward White: Vocals, Guitars
Graham Norwood: Bass, Guitar and Backing vocals on The Olde Days
Everet Almond: Drums, Additional bass on The Olde Days
Bryan Scary: Keyboards, Backing vocals on The Olde Days
Eddie Zweiback: Percussion
Claudia Chopek: Violin, Viola, String arrangement on Alphabet Of Pain
Clara Kennedy: Cello
Bryan Smith: Additional bass on The Olde Days

Copyright 2014 by Ward White


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Ward White Los Angeles, California

Los Angeles based art-rock crooner Ward White has released a spate of critically lauded albums that defy easy categorization. Praised for his “superbly lyrical voice” (The New Yorker), his music remains firmly under the mainstream radar. Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh recently invited Ward to join him on Rain Phoenix’s ‘LaunchLeft’ podcast, where he called the prolific songwriter “a poet”. ... more

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