10 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whitney’s debut is a haunting set of ‘60s guitar pop. Taking pages from Byrds ballads (“Light Upon the Lake”), pre-psychedelic Beatles (“Golden Days”), and the more placid side of soul (“Dave’s Song”), the duo—comprising former members of Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra—sound cheerful but bittersweet, muted by a sense of melancholy that gives drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrlich’s falsetto a sneaky, surprising depth. Even the album’s most upbeat moment, “The Falls,” feels less like it’s looking forward to something, and more like it’s looking back.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Whitney’s debut is a haunting set of ‘60s guitar pop. Taking pages from Byrds ballads (“Light Upon the Lake”), pre-psychedelic Beatles (“Golden Days”), and the more placid side of soul (“Dave’s Song”), the duo—comprising former members of Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra—sound cheerful but bittersweet, muted by a sense of melancholy that gives drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrlich’s falsetto a sneaky, surprising depth. Even the album’s most upbeat moment, “The Falls,” feels less like it’s looking forward to something, and more like it’s looking back.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
80 Ratings

80 Ratings

Luv2Play2 ,

Amazing

So nice to hear good indie rock again; unlike all of those mainstream pop songs

Wh8forwht ,

Awesome Live

Just saw them in Melbourne Australia. Amazing presentation. To play drums and lead vocal is pure talent.

Hice2655 ,

Ugh!!

I tried listening to this album.. really, I did. But, after 30 seconds, my ears started to bleed.. I HATE the singer's voice! I mean, I would rather listen to the coyotes howling in the pasture rather than that nasally, whiny, fake pitch screech! Arrrggh! Glad I didn't buy the album!

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