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Tuesday 21 November 2017

Waffles, Triangles & Jesus: Multitasking Creative Genius Jim White Gets Intimate In Brighton

Jim White gets around. When he's not releasing his own critically acclaimed solo albums he splits his time producing records for other songwriters, exhibiting his visual art in galleries and museums across the USA & Europe and publishing award winning fiction.

His sixth solo studio album, the bizarrely titled Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, is a mind-bending joy ride of sonic influences featuring a bevy of his hometown Athens' roots musicians, plus west coast indie darlings Dead Rock West, and rock and roll maverick Holly Golightly.

Discussing the inspiration behind the album and new track, Far Beyond The Spoken World, Jim explains:

"All my life I've battled the considerable undertow of fear of abandonment. It was never crippling, but was certainly ever present. 

"This song was written at a time when I was first becoming aware of the dimensions of that issue. I've spent much of my adult life alone (I have kids, but no partner), in great part due to some serious psychological baggage I acquired as a child. 

"As I enter the later years of my life I'm working to better understand those complexities and not let them overly dictate the circumstances of my life. 

"The riff came together when I was playing banjo one day and suddenly I stumbled upon the core pattern in the song. 

"As I repeated the lilting riff over and over suddenly the words to Far Beyond came flying into my mind. 

"This is a song I haven't thought of or sang in some 30 years. Interesting how the subconscious has its way! So it's a collision of intuitive elements."

Prior to Waffles, Triangles & Jesus, White released five eclectic, totally uncatagorisable albums plus another six even stranger side projects. 

UK fans may recognise White as the narrator and defacto tour guide for the award winning BBC documentary, Searching for the Wrong Eyed Jesus, a road movie set in the rural South.

Prior to becoming a musician White led an aimless, diverse life, working countless menial labor jobs:  dishwasher, landscaper, lifeguard, cook, surfboard laminator, road builder, culminating with thirteen long years driving a taxi cab in New York City.

White is presently at work completing a memoir, Incidental Contact, based on a series of uncanny coincidences that befell him during his days driving that taxi in New York City. 

Two chapters of Incidental Contact, The Bottom and Superwhite, have been published in the literary music journal Radio Silence, with Superwhite being awarded a Pushcart Prize for short fiction. 

White was a pro surfer.He served as literary commentator for the National Endowment of the Arts.He was a European fashion model. Samuel Beckett once played a practical joke on him. There's lots more non linear information that doesn't really fit the usual bio format.   

But that's Jim—he gets around.

Jim White plays The Brunswick, Hove, on Friday 24th November. New album Waffles, Triangles & Jesus is released out now.

by: Mike Cobley

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