Setting the Mood
Since my fan base of album reviews has slowing been increasing, more people have been telling me to review different bands. A friend of mine said that I really have to check out this band. He said that he listens to them every morning at work. I said, “Sure thing, I’ll check them out as soon as I get in my musical sanctuary that I call home.” (Sadly it’s really just an empty room, with a computer and a sofa, but shhh.)
Whitney is an American indie-rock band from Chicago, which formed in 2015 and is signed to Secretly Canadian. The band was formed shortly after the breakup of member Max Kakacek’s band Smith Westerns in late 2014. They recently released their debut album, Light Upon the Lake, in June 2016 and have started touring internationally.
When I listen to the new album “Light Upon The Lake” by Whitney, I’m reminded of 70’s style harmonic blues. For their first debut album, this is really good. I can’t get enough of the track “No Woman”. I love the way it starts with mellow guitar strums and then a trumpet plays to let you know ‘these guys are different’. Their sound is so chill through out the album. Seems like a lot of detail and emphasis was laid to keep this a mellow experience. The album is a good number of tracks as well. Ten tracks seem like a good number tracks to have on one album, it’s not too much or too little, especially when you buy the vinyl and there are so many gaps to count.
This album is just plain something to relax to. Use of trumpets and other instruments compliment the band sense of style and originality. The vocals are so distant and unique, its hard to not remember this voice. I love how to vocals so different don’t drown out the subtle sounds of keyboards and other exotic instruments. The tracks “No Woman” is my favorite track of the album. It has such a great chill vibe to it. I like the way the guitar harmonizes with the trumpets and the percussion elements of the track. Not to mention the vocals tie in a great blues-like sensation.
Another track that is really good is “Golden Days”. The song has a higher ‘upbeat’ tempo to the rest of the songs. It’s easy to appreciate the way the instruments talk to each other in this track. The band shows great vocal use in tracks like “Polly” another great track on this album. The last track on the album “Follow” is also a great track and deserves a mention. I like the way the guitar sounds when the chorus kicks in. This track is a great ending to the album.
Meaning behind the lyrics may be too hidden and deep. Tracks like “Dave’s Song” show how to authentic and rich this band is. Although, It’s kind of hard to tell sometimes what exactly he’s talking about. Whether it’s friendship or being alone, the message stands unclear to me at times. A track that also seems a little out of place is the track “On my Own”. I’m not sure if it’s a song that should be with these other big hitters. I’m not a big fan of the way the vocals are sung along side the guitar. I feel like the guitar was alot more energetic than the vocals. Harmony on the track seemed a little off in this track.
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- Use of trumpets and other instruments compliment the band sense of style and originality
- The vocals are so distant and unique, its hard to not remember this voice.
- vocals equal the subtle sounds of keyboards and other exotic instruments.
- Meaning behind the lyrics may be too hidden and deep.
- Tracks like "On my Own" seem out of place
- Harmony towards the middle of the album seemed a little off.