If someone had said it to him ten years ago, Jack would have laughed. A forced laugh too, no doubt. The lonesome boy of blues, confined to analog, converts to a synthetic album for the first time in his career. Foreseeing the last few years with his collaborations, this flurry in the middle of his solo breakthrough remains surprising. Next to the blues riffs, White, at the age of 42, creates his first melange of music on this new crusade. And this composition, put together at the beginning of 2018, is living proof of this new path blazed by White. Splashes of rock (Respect Commander), turbulent jam sessions (Ice Station Zebra), congas and percussion for broken Afro-Cuban rhythms on digital projections (Over and Over and Over, Everything's you've ever Learned), soaring gospel on organs with the McCrary Sisters of Nashville (Connected by Love), country caressed on the piano (What's done is done), interlude chamber music with CW Stoneking (Abulia and Akrusia), vocoders for miniature funk (Get In The Mind Shaft), Al Capone’s words written during his time at Alcatraz on Dvořák’s Humoresque in a jazz style, everything goes.For this leap into the unknown, the former member of The Stripes made sure to let loose. Not giving a damn. Taking a lot of risks along the way. First he isolated himself for several months in a studio rented in Nashville, outside the well-built walls of Third Man Records, to first write without any backing instruments, in order to feel the keys of his synths, all while recording on tape. Then, he locked himself up in New York and Los Angeles with Carla Azar from Autolux, Louis Cato, Justin Poree and Bobby Allende as well as some of the musicians who play for Kendrick Lamar and who make some of the best hip-hop around. All musicians who he had never worked with before. Speaking on the experience, White said; "Some of those songs could take up an entire side of an album, like a Miles Davis record or a Funkadelic record. Then someone would do something and another mood would change the room." Always playing outside his comfort zone, White, who likes to capture the rawness of a live sound, dirty and still throbbing, born in sweat, chose LA to rework the recordings after letting them cool off for some time. He finally arrived at these thirteen tracks on Boarding House Reach which make up this frantic album, eccentric and heated. Truly Excellent!