Whitney – Chicago’s new indie darlings

If you haven’t yet heard of Whitney, that is soon to change. The freshly emerged Chicago six piece is blooming as a band, and with their debut, Light upon the Lake, they are ready to take on the festival summer.

Though the band Whitney has not been around for long we are talking well experienced members. Julien Ehrlich of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Smith Western, and Max Kakacek of Smith Western started the project through random early-morning song writing sessions after the split of Smith Westerns. Taking their collective experience it is easy to assume their sound to be the ghost of bands past, yet Whitney is a refreshing summer listen, suited for the best of sunny days or late summer night romances.

Whitney’s newly released debut, Light Upon the Lake, an indie dream with a country heart, is a ten track long album, released through Secretly Canadian. The album is cleverly put together, sparked up with Ehrlich’s falsetto, subtle guitar and a gorgeous backdrop of bass, strings among other thing. The genuine artistry of Kakacek and Ehrlich shines brilliantly through without making it either pretentious or overcomplicated. It is a dasseling debut, well worth checking out.

The delighting sun filled melodies can remind you of some of Bon Iver’s earlier work, combine this with some Smith Westerns, positive vibes and Vox AC30 amps and you have Whitney’s sound spot on.

‘Golden Days’ says “It’s a shame I can’t get it together now”, yet it seems Whitney have it all together and going for them at the moment. They lyrical aspect of the album is honest, slightly poetic and dreamy all this while still keeping in touch with the wondering, dreamy melodies.

The Chicago indie darlings of Whitney displays both unique lyrical talent, and melodic wonders that makes you feel the sun shine, even on a rainy day. This might be one of the reasons why the boys have been booked to multiple festivals, such as Roskilde, Green Man and Reading & Leeds. They are also embarking on their first headline tour, and will stop by several cities in the UK as a part of the Europe branch of their tour.

It’s a band worth checking out. Their debut is now on Spotify, Itunes and Tidal.



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