Hailing from New York City, White is a rock band comprised of Damien Pratt and Jeannie Fry. Both musicians have been writing music together for fun for years, but recently they decided to start recording their creations and make music a full-time project. Their first EP together as White was released January 1st, 2017 and is entitled ‘83.
The album begins with a lightning-paced techno-esque arpeggiated chord progression that is quickly joined by dueling ambient electric guitars before launching directly into the main sound of the song: a hard-hitting rock anthem. Featuring power chords, pounding percussion and unfettered vocals and vocal harmonies, White pulls no punches in the album’s opener.
“Tuff Luv” follows with a blues-infused rock soundscape, complete with high-reaching vocal harmonies from Pratt that complement Fry’s smooth, yet piercing voice in the short tune. The energy of the album is slightly subdued in the intro of “Just Friends” as Pratt takes lead vocals for the first time on the record and a solitary bass guitar provides the background instrumentation for the duo as they sing. Minimal percussion and chording slowly take form as the song progresses, but overall the song remains quiet and reflective.
Immediately returning to its familiar aggressive feel in “New Prediction” an intriguing blend of pop rock, blues and electronic styles highlights White’s musical agility and ability in what is arguably the best and catchiest song on the entire record.
The album ends with “Too Bad” an initially soft ballad that quickly evolves into a danceable, energy-laden song with a slew of sounds that borders on the verge of chaos while maintaining a solid structure and rhythm. As a whole, ‘83 is an unique product that takes well-established musical ideas and transforms them into novel, enjoyable creations, a testament to White’s musical prowess.
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