Whitney: Light Upon the Lake
8:13 am; Tuesday in San Francisco’s East Bay. Despite the considerably cooler breeze of the morning, I still find myself melting alongside a cup of iced coffee. The culprit: Whitney’s gem of an album, Light Upon the Lake. While their time together has been relatively brief, talking about the band is like describing a longtime crush -- easy on the eyes, a voice that can make you blush, and an inherent ability to romanticize the most cumbersome of exchanges.
Having teased with three of 2016’s strongest singles thus far, the group’s impeccable songwriting and eclecticism rang out with an efficiency that has taken outfits of a similar ilk multiple rodeos to find. Honing a style often compared to bands of decades past, the brand of “revivalists” has found the group a number of times since the release of “No Woman.” However, the label fails focus on the sterling originality that shines through on this laudable debut.
Incorporating soul, country, folk, and pop, the album is a wonderfully varied bouquet of delights that pleases at every turn. Released via Secretly Canadian, the highly regarded demos and acoustic sessions that preceded the full-length, “Follow” and “No Matter Where We Go”, are embellished with the attention a full band making for a sound as hearty as shepherd's pie. Other licks such as “On My Own” and “Polly” paddle across the waters with a gentle twang guided by Julien Ehrlich’s faultless falsetto.
Take a dip into the boy's tour dates for a show near you and grab your copy of the LP pronto.