Jim White

Where It Hits You (Yep Roc)

SXSW 2012 Records

Jim White

Where It Hits You (Yep Roc)

Jim White works in shadows, a chiaroscuro of sound that stretches in intangible atmospherics expanding with unsettled pacing. The Athens, Ga.-based auteur has slid these prismed fractures across his brand of Southern gothic for 15 years, but his Yep Roc debut and sixth proper studio album plays more as an invocation of light against impenetrable darkness, signaled by haunted lead track "Chase the Dark Away." Recorded while his marriage was dissolving, the album strikes as cold consolation: "Sunday's Refrain" and "The Way of Alone" struggle for meaning in White's lingering phrasing, while "State of Grace" ambles a redemptive blues. The uptempo flares at the midpoint (wheezing bounce of "Infinite Mind," askew pop of "What Rocks Will Never Know," remixed funk of "Here We Go!") provide classic White curveballs in their uneasy urgency, settling back to a salvational and ethereal plane in "That Wintered Blue Sky" and crushing "Epilogue to a Marriage." (Thu., 11pm, Continental Club)

***

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for over 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
Thursday Interview
Thursday Interview

Nina Hernandez, March 20, 2015

Thursday Picks & Sleepers
Thursday Picks & Sleepers
SXSW Thursday handicapping by the blurb

March 20, 2015

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
Kinky Friedman
Resurrection (Record Review)

Rick Weaver, Jan. 3, 2020

Texas Platters
The Beaumonts / Hickoids
This Is Austin, All the World's a Dressing Room (Record Review)

Kevin Curtin, Jan. 3, 2020

More by Doug Freeman
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
Crucial Concerts for the Coming Week
An Antone's anniversary, Lonestar Unleashed, Country Willie Edwards, Rakim, and more recommended shows

June 24, 2022

Listen to This: Western Youth Celebrates a “Wild Heart”
Listen to This: Western Youth Celebrates a “Wild Heart”
New single from roots rockers honors late songwriter Chris Porter

June 21, 2022

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Jim White

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Behind the scenes at The Austin Chronicle

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle