Returning with his first solo material in four years, Jack White has released his new cut ‘Taking Me Back’. The track combines the bluesy rock of album Lazaretto, and the distorted mayhem of Boarding House Reach.
The single, which appeared in the brand-new video game trailer for Activision’s upcoming, Call of Duty: Vanguard, is the 12x GRAMMY Award-winning musician’s first artistic statement since the release of his experimental bonanza – Boarding House Reach.
Alongside this, an alternative version, aptly titled ‘Taking Me Back (Gently’) was shared at the same time, accompanied by a space-themed visualiser.
‘Taking Me Back’ is a smorgasbord of stuttering effects and synth embellishments, led by an unpredictable guitar that gradually climaxes into a pulsating crescendo. Percussion clatters its way through the four-minute storm, reminiscent of Lazaretto’s most dynamic and rage-inducing spots. Despite its energy, the track is absent of the intricacies and charisma found on previous material like ‘The Black Bat Liquorice’ or ‘Would You Fight For My Love?’. Interestingly, it is the calmer sister-track ‘Taking Me Back (Gently)’ that steals the show.
Fans may have forgotten White’s folksier side, due to the digital escapism of Boarding House Reach… but this rendition is a reminder of his unique and eccentric contribution to rock.
There’s an old saying in the world of mixing and mastering – Louder isn’t necessarily better. White’s guitars may spurt like splattered paint on a canvas but is there a compelling song underneath? Thanks to the warm and vintage-licked ‘Taking Me Back (Gently)’… there may well be.
Words by W.P Millar