Light Upon the Lake by Whitney on Apple Music

10 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whitney’s debut is a haunting set of ‘60s guitar pop. Taking pages from Byrds ballads (“Light Upon the Lake”), pre-psychedelic Beatles (“Golden Days”), and the more placid side of soul (“Dave’s Song”), the duo—comprising former members of Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra—sound cheerful but bittersweet, muted by a sense of melancholy that gives drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrlich’s falsetto a sneaky, surprising depth. Even the album’s most upbeat moment, “The Falls,” feels less like it’s looking forward to something, and more like it’s looking back.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whitney’s debut is a haunting set of ‘60s guitar pop. Taking pages from Byrds ballads (“Light Upon the Lake”), pre-psychedelic Beatles (“Golden Days”), and the more placid side of soul (“Dave’s Song”), the duo—comprising former members of Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra—sound cheerful but bittersweet, muted by a sense of melancholy that gives drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrlich’s falsetto a sneaky, surprising depth. Even the album’s most upbeat moment, “The Falls,” feels less like it’s looking forward to something, and more like it’s looking back.

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About Whitney

Devising sauntering, country-informed indie pop, Whitney is a band built around the core songwriting duo of Julien Ehrlich, formerly of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Smith Westerns, and Max Kakacek, formerly of the latter. Ehrlich sings and plays drums, while Kakacek handles guitars. Their first single, "No Woman," appeared in January 2016, and two months later they made waves with an appearance at the South by Southwest music festival. With a fluctuating lineup of supporting players, Whitney quickly followed that with opening spots on tours for NE-HI, Wild Nothing, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra. They had secured festival spots at the Governors Ball, Bonnaroo, and Pitchfork Music Festival, among others, before their debut album, Light Upon the Lake, arrived via Secretly Canadian that June. It bore an official lineup of Ehrlich, Kakacek, Malcolm Brown, Tracy Chouteau, Charles Glanders, Josiah Marshall, and Will Miller. ~ Marcy Donelson

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