"[Simone White] gets innovative on her impressive third album. ...built around electronic textures and sparse percussion, with White's gently yielding, half-spoken vocals pitched, pleasingly, equidistant between Laurie Anderson and Joni Mitchell. It's not all Spartan fare; the title track, an ostensibly folky duet with Andrew Bird, surfs a hum of woozy electronics and makes room for Steve Reich-like interleaved string pizzicatos and heavily treated drums, while Big Dreams And The Headlines summons a sudden, soaring chorus from the pervading spell-like quietude." Four star review, MOJO, July 2012
"The Los Angeles-based singer Simone White has a voice like ether. It's sweetly airy and hypnotic. Hearing it can pull you under to a strangely beautiful, glittering world where nothing seems real." National Public Radio Read More...
"The beguiling Los Angeles-based singer Simone White is known as much for her whispered vocals as for her smart songwriting. Her latest video animates "In The Water Where The City Ends," an intentionally disjointed song off her new album Silver Silver, meant to recall the tsunami that submerged Japan's Tohuku region on this day last year." The Huffington Post Read More...
"White's voice is a delicate instrument, more traditional-sounding than Joanna Newsom's but with a similar ability to interpret lyrics with deceptive and revealing ease. The arrangements she favors on record are of the organic, earthy variety, like vintage Lanois..." LA WEEKLY
Train Song is a KCRW Top Tune! "The subtle stylings of Simone White captured the attention of Blur frontman Damon Albarn. He invited her to be a part of the Honest Jons Revue tour, which included a triumphant appearance at NYC's Lincoln Center in 2008. Her third album, Yakiimo is an intimate collection of songs, including Today's Top Tune "Train Song."
"Es ist sehr lustig und anregend, mit Simone White zu plaudern. Die 39-jährige mag wie ein zerbrechliches Vögelchen aussehen, erst recht mit dem neuen zerrupften Kurzhaarschnitt, aber sie ist sehr lebhaft und gut informiert... Simone White ist bereits jetzt eine der ganz großen amerikanischen Songschreiberinnen." Rolling Stone Magazine DE Read More...
"Without paying close attention, Simone White may come off as merely another quirky, delicate ingenue upon first listening. But start peeling away the outer layers and a strong, dark, and challenging artist is revealed. She sings like a beautiful bird with a broken wing. Her best songs - “Victoria Anne,” “Yakiimo,” and “A Girl You Never Met” - float like dreamy, acoustic-folk Americana visions atop acoustic guitars and fine fiddle playing from Billy Contreras (Robinella & The CC String Band). It’s like discovering Gillian Welch has a reclusively mysterious and shy, yet somehow urbane kid sister who’s finally decided to share her personal observations with the world. “A Girl You Never Met” is a stunningly compassionate ballad about an elderly friend who is tired of life. The lyric is so brutal and honest that after listening to it you feel you have met this ‘girl’ and want to shake her yelling, “Don’t do it! I’ve met you!” It’s a dark space but there’s more human understanding in this one tune than most artists amass in an entire career." NPR Blurt Online Read More...
"an uncanny figure in person, her whispered songs enchanting..."
The Village Voice
"For those bewitched by the posthumous small-hours voice of Karen Dalton, here is a living echo of that still, small, intensely concentrated spirit. ...an intimate prettiness concealing within the rosebud the thorns of subtly articulated political protest and the warped, eerie gaze on human weakness that has been The Velvet Underground's legacy to the modern folk idiom. I Am The Man is a summer soundtrack of charm and beguiling depths."
Four Star Review **** MOJO
"Judging by this collection of country-tinged songs [Yakiimo], Simone White is a dreamy, sensitive soul. Singing in a distracted, unforced way with a voice that lends itself to the reflection of melancholy, her tales of the everyday strangeness of American life are reminiscent of a short story by Carson McCullers or Flannery O'Connor." Four Star Review **** MOJO
"The songs drift dreamily between bittersweet romance, whimsy and the political while White's breathy, restful tones and Mark Nevers's muted production give everything a balmy unified feel of the rarest kind."
Four Star Review **** Q Magazine
"The Beep Beep Song" is brilliant whimsy...White sings something like Astrud Gilberto... The languor conceals a sharp, politicized observer of the American wasteland, and White's songs counter The Man's depredations with becalmed cool." No Depression
"Coming out of seemingly nowhere, is Simone White, with a chameleon of a voice that changes shades and colors so naturally as to send you scratching the back of your mind trying to figure out where to place it." LUNAPARK6
"Simone White's indie-folk quasi-protest song, "American War," is witty, provocative, and effective without being angry or disillusioned."
"A late-night melancholy gem." Bucketfull of Brains
"Simone White's debut album is a delightful treat. The moment that "America In '54" comes on your stereo, you'll think that Joni Mitchell has been reincarnated...Sincere is the perfect word for this consistent first release. Appropriate for any season, this will appeal to fans of classic singer/songwriters, and also modern female artists such as Cat Power." liepaper.com
"sensitive, strangely soulful, bizarre..." Boog City