Jack White has announced his second solo album. Lazaretto, the follow-up to 2012's Blunderbuss, will be released through White's Third Man Records on 9 June.
On Tuesday White gave an unusual first taste of the music to come: High Ball Stepper, released as a YouTube video, is a four-minute instrumental track with growling and reversed guitars, chewy distortion, and nary a single lyric.
It recalls Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix and perhaps even Battles. White hasn't said if the rest of Lazaretto will be instrumental.
The album's lead track will be released later this month. "[The new album's] not one sound, it’s definitely several," White told Rolling Stone last year. "I don't pick my style and then write a song. I just write whatever comes out of me …"