ANDY WHITE’S FORTHCOMING ALBUM REFLECTS ON THE END OF HIS MARRIAGE AND IS “A CELEBRATION OF, AS WELL AS A VALEDICTION TO, A TIME THAT HAS GONE”. HOW THINGS ARE IS RELEASED BY FLOATING WORLD ON FEBRUARY 17TH, WHEN WHITE IS IN THE MIDST OF A UK TOUR.
Written in answer to the perennial post-break-up question “How are things?”, White’s optimistic and appreciative outlook means HOW THINGS ARE is an empowering and uplifting piece of work, honest and full of promise. “Writing it was my way of coping,” he says. “The songs are intense, but it’s not all a sad story. As well as the end of something, this is a first chapter”.
Recorded in White’s Melbourne studio The Growlery, HOW THINGS ARE features son Sebastian on drums, and a one-woman string section. The 12 tracks range from full-on rock to impressionistic acoustic, all shot through with trademark wit. Having worked with Van Morrison, Peter Gabriel, Sinead O’Connor, Billy Bragg, Neil and Tim Finn and Liam O’Maonlai (Hothouse Flowers) as well as releasing fifteen solo records, White has been hailed as one of Ireland’s most accomplished and respected songwriters since debut RAVE ON ANDY WHITE, in 1986.
His latest release – 21ST CENTURY TROUBADOR – was an on-the-road journal / novel with accompanying CD (review here). From it (though originally on 2003’s BOY, 40), ITALIAN GIRLS ON MOPEDS recently featured in our tracks of the year, here. During early 2013 White toured the UK, and was the guest on an insightful edition of The Mouthcast, discussing his Belfast roots, the book and Bob Dylan. Listen again, here.