Matthew E. White & Lonnie Holley share new track 'I'm Not Tripping/Composition 8'
26 February 2021
The collaborative record will be out on April 9th
Today, Matthew E. White and Lonnie Holley are pleased to share a second song from their forthcoming collaborative record Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection, due April 9th. Combining White's compositions with Holley's lyrics and vocals, Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection is “a timeless and timely record” (Loud & Quiet). “I’m Not Tripping/Composition 8” follows the previously shared “This Here Jungle of Moderness/Composition 14”.
These five tracks are balls of energized contemplation, Holley crooning grievances and observations above surrealist grooves so irrepressible and heavy that the words strike with the force of gospel. Holley strolls into “I Cried Space Dust” as if he’s wandered into the On the Corner sessions and offered unsolicited insights on true transcendence. “I’m Not Tripping” is an anthem of self-worth and self-enjoyment for a society mired in self-doubt, the words breaking like light beams through clouds of atomized drums and synths. And Holley begins the title track as a character mindlessly staring into a cell phone, captivated by his own image like Narcissus at water’s edge. Holley ponders the egotism of projection over dizzying keyboards and guitars so jagged they conjure fractured glass. By song’s end, he’s mocking this infrastructure of pandering for likes, jeering us all above a savage bassline that dares you to differ.
Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection is a timely callout to the power of collaboration, of kindred spirits connecting in crowded rooms. More important, though, is this collision of two profoundly Southern artists, meeting to shed expectations of generation and genre, scene and situation and exchange truth, wisdom, and energy. The real world is more complicated than a pretty digital picture, bowdlerized of blemishes. As Broken Mirror: A Selfie Reflection reminds us, it can be more revelatory and transformative, too.
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