Jack White has released details of a new ‘Ultra’ vinyl edition of his forthcoming studio album, Lazaretto.
The 180gm vinyl version of the album will feature two hidden tracks situated under the labels on the record, each playing at different speeds, making the album a three-speed affair.
The mix of the album will also be different to the CD and digital editions, and will feature a different running order.
Says White of the release: “While we were mixing the record I started to get ideas about the design of the LP and what we could do differently that hadn’t been done before.” He then demonstrates how Side A of the record plays from the inside out before a locked groove on the outside of the record continually plays.
White explains that his favourite feature of the album is on Side B, where depending on where the needle is dropped, listeners will hear either an acoustic or an electric introduction to the first song. “Both of those intros, acoustic and electric, all come together in the middle of the song and become one groove for the remainder of the song. This is something that’s never been done before,” he says.
In the dead wax of Side A is a hand-etched hologram of an angel by Tristan Duke of Infinity Light Science. “This is a really beautiful component to the Ultra LP,” says White.
You can watch the full video of White discussing the record with Ben Blackwell of Third Man Records below. Blackwell says of the album that it “has all kinds of tricks and chicanery hidden inside of it.”
Lazaretto is scheduled for release on the 9th of June.