Jack White's second solo album may be coming sooner rather than later. In a recent chat session with fans on the Third Man Records message board, the former White Stripe revealed that he's nearly done working on a new record. "I'm producing two albums this month, and finishing them," White wrote. "One of them is mine."
If he's indeed referring to a solo venture, then the follow-up to 2012's Blunderbuss could see the light shortly. Last February, White told Rolling Stone that he was working on "20 to 25 tracks." When describing the new material, the garage-blues god said, "It's definitely not one sound. It's definitely several. Like you heard in Blunderbuss, there's many different styles there. I don't pick my style and then write a song. I just write whatever comes out of me, and whatever style it is is what it is, and it becomes something later."
The newly divorced 38-year-old is also busy with the recently revived Dead Weather, who are planning to release a series of 7-inch singles in the lead-up to a new album that's due out in 2015. (Stream new tune "Open Up (That's Enough)" for a peek at what the Weather are brewing.)
And because he's a restless revisionist, White announced earlier this month that the 19th entry in Third Man's "Vault" subscription series features limited-edition reissues of the four singles from the White Stripes' 2003 masterwork, Elephant. "Seven Nation Army," "I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself," "The Hardest Button to Button," and "There's No Home For You Here" are all being pressed on clear 7-inch vinyl. The various B-sides include a cover of Brendan Benson's "Good to Me"; a cover of Blanche's "Who's to Say..."; a cover of the Soledad Brothers' "St. Ides of March"; and a live, in-studio medley of the Stripes' doing "I Fought Piranhas" and "Let's Build a Home."
After Vault subscribers receive their copies in a "custom-made telescoping box," the singles will be made available individually to the general public on black vinyl. Fans can sign up for the Vault series here. The deadline to qualify for the Elephant package is January 31 at 7 p.m. CST.