Jack White is probably one of the busiest musicians in the world. When he’s not writing music for his slew of bands or hitting the road for his own solo stuff, the singer can be found helping other musicians with their own music. On Friday (April 7), White proved once again why he may be one of the hardest working artists in the music world with the release of a brand new song. Surprising long-time fans, White unleashed a brand new song titled “Battle Cry”; his first new solo material since the release of 2014’s Lazaretto.
Currently, there is no word from White on whether this song will be a stand-alone single or if it’s a teaser of what to expect from this upcoming third studio album. Back in March, the musician spoke with The New Yorker about his new album, the direction he hopes to take with the new material, and how the recording process is going.
As it turns out, the White Stripes head-honcho has been recording his new material on a reel-to-reel tape machine that he bought when he was 14 years old with money he made from mowing lawns. But that isn’t all the readers were treated to in the interview. White also touched on how he wants to write songs similar to how Michael Jackson used to write songs.
“I’m going to try to write songs where I can’t be heard by the next-door neighbor,” the singer begins. “I want to write like Michael Jackson would write — instead of writing parts on the instruments or humming melodies, you think of them. To do everything in my head and to do it in silence and use only one room.”
To read his complete interview, head on over to The New Yorker here while you listen to “Battle Cry” below.