Suuns – X-ALT
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.
Earlier in 2018, Suuns released their fourth album, 'Felt,' a “joyous… build of brutalism and emotion,” according to NPR Music. The band has toured relentlessly throughout the year, and will be wrapping up 2018 with a European tour, which started just this week.
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