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Ever since they wrote Light Upon The Lake as Chicago froze around them during winter 2014, Whitney have tried to make the kind of songs they’d be jealous of if someone else got there first. “You’ve Got A Woman,” released on the B-side of Dutch duo Lion‘s 1975 psych-pop 7″ But I Do, is precisely one of those songs. “As soon as I heard it, I wished I’d written the vocal melody; it’s so catchy and powerful,” says singing drummer Julien Ehrlich. Whitney’s version is rich, instantaneous and deep in groove. There’s trademark brass from Will Miller, wandering lead from guitarist Max Kakacek and bursts of strings. Like “No Woman,” “Golden Days,” and the rest of last year’s debut, it’s brushed with longing, nostalgia and serves to slow down time.
Unlike Lion, Whitney make it their A-side. Flip the 12″ and you’ll find Dolly Parton‘s “Gonna Hurry (As Slow As I Can),” a short, tearful love song hewn from piano, brass, guitar and Julian’s falsetto. You’ve heard him sing it before, live, sat on the lip of the stage accompanied by Max on guitar.
“The photo on the sleeve is us recording the Dolly cover,” Julien explains. “We were in a pretty room, so that adds to the image. The room in question was Thump Studios in Brooklyn, New York, where Whitney were forced to relocate after an emergency. “We were going to record with Jacob Portrait, who mixed both tracks,” Julien says. “But his building caught fire.” If that sounds stressful, it wasn’t: recording this 12″ (You’ve Got A Woman was tracked in Chicago’s Treehouse Records) injected some welcome calm into Whitney’s lives.
We are heartbroken today to have lost our dear friend, collaborator and artist Richard Swift. He passed in the early hours of this morning. From the moment he first came into our lives in the fall of 2004, it was clear he was a rarefied soul. His family, friends, music community and everyone who loved him are in our thoughts. Fingerpaint with the blackest ink you can get your mitts into today.
Steven A. Clark has announced a new LP, 'Where Neon Goes To Die,' available September 7th via Secretly Canadian. With one foot in the 80s pop / R&B that Clark grew up and the other in contemporary club, the album flows in the vein of a Peter Gabriel meets Frank Ocean.
Today, Stella Donnelly releases the physical 12″ version of her 'Thrush Metal' EP, which includes a bonus track. Last fall, Donnelly made her bold introduction to North American audiences with the video for “Boys Will Be Boys” following her unanimous win of Bigsound 2017’s inaugural Levi’s Music Prize, an award given to an emerging Australian talent most likely to make waves internationally.
Today serpentwithfeet releases his debut album, 'soil,' via Secretly Canadian and Tri Angle Records. 'soil' features contributions from rising experimental producer mmph, sound manipulator Katie Gately, A$AP Rocky contemporary Clams Casino, and Paul Epworth, one of the Grammy Award-winning minds responsible for Adele‘s critically-acclaimed album '21.'