Matthew E White can clearly remember the moment when he took stock of what had just happened to him. It was Christmas 2013 and he’d spent the previous year or so on the road touring with and talking up his debut album, Big Inner. The album had taken him from Richmond, Virginia, all around the world and back again.
Hanging out by himself in his parents’ house, with no shows on the horizon and recovering from a dose of shingles, he finally had time to think. “I just realised I hadn’t thought about what had happened in the previous 18 months. I went through each step and just couldn’t believe everything that had happened.
“I remember giving the album to Shawn Brackbill and he gave it to his wife Ashley, who works at Domino and that started all this. Having all these things occur because of the music you’ve made is so amazing. It was great to dwell on that for a while and be thankful for all that happened because you don’t usually get the