The Secretly Canadian Newsletter

Last fall, Whitney released SPARK, “a shiny pop album that glints with details about late twenties’ turbulence and follows Ehrlich and Kakacek as they search for happiness on the other side of heartbreak” (Esquire), via Secretly Canadian. This is their third album, following 2019’s Forever Turned Around, and their 2016 breakthrough and debut, Light Upon the Lake. Today, the duo present a new single, “For A While,” which was a staple in the band’s early live sets around Light Upon the Lake.

Originally known as “Rolling Blackouts,” Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek finished writing and recording the song in the midst of touring in 2022, eventually renaming the song. The track is euphonious with violin by Macie Stewart and bright guitar, Ehrlich’s alluring voice singing bittersweetly: “Before I reach the sky above // I’ll stretch my hands forever young // Catching the rain in the middle of a summer storm // There’s a fire on 41 // Sirens fading to a hum // The only escape takes me right back where I started from.” “For A While” was produced by Whitney, Brad Cook, Jonathan Rado, and Ziyad Asrar, and features contributions from Will Miller (horns), Lia Kohl (cello), Malcom Brown (keys), Rado (organ) and Asrar (synth). The accompanying video is made from footage on their last US tour.


Following a 2022 North American tour, which culminated in three consecutive hometown shows at Chicago’s Thalia Hall, Whitney are pleased to announce a 2023 spring tour. This is their first west coast run in support of SPARK. Tickets are on sale now and a full list of dates can be found below.

Whitney Tour Dates (New Dates in Bold)

Sun. Feb. 12 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso

Tue. Feb. 14 – Antwerp, BE @ De Roma

Thu. Feb. 16 – Berlin, DE @ Columbia Theater

Fri. Feb. 17 – Aarhus, DK @ Fonden Voxhall

Sat. Feb. 18 – København, DK @ Vega

Mon. Feb. 20 – Paris, FR @ Trabendo

Thu. Feb. 23 – London, UK @ O2 Shepherds Bush Empire

Fri. Feb. 24 – Manchester, UK @ New Century Hall

Sat. Feb. 25 – Glasgow, UK @ Saint Luke’s

Mon. Feb. 27 – Dublin, IE @ The Academy

Mon. March 20 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater

Tue. March 21 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater

Wed. March 22 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Soundwell

Fri. March 24 – Boise, ID Treefort Music Festival

Sat. March 25 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile

Sun. March 26 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin

Tue. March 28 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel

Wed. March 29 – Menlo Park, CA @ Guild Theatre

Thu. March 30 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent

Thu. June 29 – Vilanova I La Geltrú, ES @ Vida Festival



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