Whitney is really really good. The group started when the core members Julien Ehrlich & Max Kakacek, who had briefly played in the Smith Westerns, became songwriting roommates. The beauty of these Chicago-based rockers really lies within this songwriting which is classic and seriously catchy. Their songs carry you from a classic and groovy Wilco-esque rock, to beautiful places that only records like All Things Must Pass are able to visit. After the initial grooviness of this band kicks in, it’s the enchanting melodies and emotional lyrics carried through Ehrlich’s voice that easily connect to the listener. It’s the real deal.
Their first record, Light Upon the Lake, was released by Secretly Canadian (War on Drugs, Damien Jurado). The album was recorded with Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado out in California. From start to finish, this record resonates a timeless feel with amazing analog production. It’s got a sound like something out of Big Pink, with acoustic guitars jangling & shimmering, funky laid back drumming and a Wurlitzer floating in the air. However, Whitney is able to push their original songs even further through beautiful arrangements of horns, strings & choir vocals. This is definitely a record to add to the collection.
We were lucky enough to have Whitney drop by for a few songs that you can listen to below.