Light Upon the Lake, the debut from Whitney, was born from early-morning songwriting sessions during one of the most brutal winters in Chicago’s history. Vocalist/drummer Julien Ehrlich and guitarist Max Kakacek began writing unflinching, honest songs about everything from break-ups to the passing of Ehrlich’s grandfather. The pair leaned on one another for both honest critique and a sounding board for working through their newly-discovered truths.
The brief, intense period of creativity for the band yielded Light Upon the Lake‘s exceptional, unfussy combination of soul, breezy ’60s/’70s rock, and somber heartbreak woven together by hopeful, golden threads. After critical acclaim and nearly nonstop touring since the albums 2016 release, Ehrlich and Kakacek are going back to their roots for the first time, the full demos from Light Upon the Lake will be made available. After a whirlwind year following the debut, the demos offer a way for listeners to get a glimpse into the very beginning of Whitney’s sound.
You can stream and/or purchase your own copy of the record, and catch Whitney out on the road for their remaining tour dates in 2017. Full dates below.