Matthew E. White founded Spacebomb as a full-service musical entity. The Richmond, VA-based collective writes, records, produces, and releases its own music, just like the vertically-integrated labels of the ’60s and ’70s. Comparisons are drawn to Stax and Motown–especially given Spacebomb’s smooth soul sound–but White says he looked more towards New Orleans and reggae records. Spacebomb’s recordings–like that of Natalie Prass–do feel a little more Southern: laid-back, content to groove while still delivering a hook that sneaks up on you.
Matthew E. White’s own songs proudly fly the Spacebomb flag. His second album, Fresh Blood, is a big, sprawling ode to love in all its many forms, recalling equal parts Al Green and Randy Newman. The crowd at the Four Seasons last week showed him plenty of love bright and early–download a live version of “Fruit Trees” below.