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."
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