Sketching from a deep good of regional affects want Randy Newman, Allen Toussaint, and Alan Lomax, Richmond, Virginia-based singer/songwriter/arranger Matthew E. Light specializes within a meticulously crafted mixture of reggae-infused folk-gospel, tropicalia, swirling indie pop, and Stax-era R&B. Elevated within an evangelical home by missionary parents (he spent four years in the Philippines) and nourished over the noises of Curtis Mayfield, Caetano Veloso, the Music group, and Brian Wilson, Light provides collaborated with like-minded performers such as for example Megafaun, Sharon Truck Etten, the Hill Goats, Ken Vandermark, and Justin Vernon, aswell as toured and documented as the first choice of avant-garde jazz music group Fight the best Bull. The soulful and multi-colored Big Internal, his debut record for his very own Spacebomb label, premiered in 2012. Big Inner obtained a cult pursuing, turning up on many year-end critics lists, and peaking at amount 19 on Billboard’s Heatseekers graph. White continuing to focus on several tasks for Spacebomb — like the eponymous 2015 debut by vocalist/songwriter Natalie Prass — and released his second single album, Fresh Bloodstream, in March of 2015. In 2017, Light matched up with Flo Morrissey for Gentlewoman, Ruby Guy, a assortment of covers.