Released in June via the Secretly Canadian label and produced by Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, Whitney’s debut full length record has a gorgeously warm, bucolic sound full of catchy melodies. Despite organic instrumentation and retro production recalling such classic bands as Crosby Stills and Nash, there is a breezy freshness and energy to this Chicago based outfit that may in part derive from their youthful lineup.
That isn’t to say that they lack experience, with drummer and lead vocalist Julien Ehrlich having previously been a part of psych rockers Unknown Mortal Orchestra and guitarist Max Kakacek starting out in the glam influenced Smith Westerns, which Ehrlich also joined before that band’s demise. The two met whilst touring and fairly quickly became something of a songwriting ‘dynamic duo’, sowing the seeds for this clutch of seemingly effortless, happy-sad songs, brought to fruition with the rest of their seven strong band that includes brass, bass and keys.
If you’re pining for a new Fleet Foxes record this casually brilliant debut will more than sate the appetite.