Brian Chitester. Stephen Ruberto. Joe Madden. Jae Kyeong Jang. Calum Elliott. Purchasable with gift card. Sold Out. No Woman The Falls Golden Days Light Upon the Lake No Matter Where We Go On My Own Red Moon Polly Follow Whitney make casually melancholic music that combines the wounded drawl of Townes Van Zandt, the rambunctious energy of Jim Ford, the stoned affability of Bobby Charles, the American otherworldliness of The Band, and the slack groove of early Pavement.
To say that Whitney is more than the sum of its parts would be a criminal understatement. Ehrlich had been a member of Unknown Mortal Orchestra, but left to play drums for the Smith Westerns, where he met guitarist Kakacek. That group burned brightly but briefly, disbanding in and leaving its members adrift. Brief solo careers and side-projects abounded, but nothing clicked. Making everything seem all the more fraught: both of them were going through especially painful breakups almost simultaneously, the kind that inspire a million songs, and they emerged emotionally bruised and lonelier than ever.
Whitney was born from a series of laidback early-morning songwriting sessions during one of the harshest winters in Chicago history, after Ehrlich and Kakacek reconnected - first as roommates splitting rent in a small Chicago apartment and later as musical collaborators passing the guitar and the lyrics sheet back and forth.
We never wanted to force ourselves to write a song. It just happened very organically. And we were smiling the whole time, even though some of the songs are pretty sad. In exorcising their demons they conjured something else, something much more benign—a Album) presence, another personality in the music, which they gave the name Whitney.
Album) left it singular to emphasize its isolation and loneliness. We wrote the record as though one person were playing everything. Whilst they demoed and toured the new songs, they became more aware of the perfect imperfections of the songs, and needing to strike the right balance, they eventually made the trek out to California, where they recorded with Foxygen Your Problem - Red Moon Joe - Arms Of Sorrow (Vinyl and longtime friend, Jonathan Rado. The analog recording Album), the same as used by their forebearers, allowed them to concentrate on the songs themselves LP create moments that would be powerful and unrepeatable.
Whatever we put down is all we had. That really makes you as a musician focus on the performance. These ten songs on 'Light Upon the Lake' sound like they could have been written at any time in the last fifty years. Ehrlich and Kakacek emerge as imaginative and insightful songwriting partners, impressive in their scope and restraint as they mold classic rock lyricism into new and personal shapes without sound revivalist or retro.
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