Light Upon The Lake (Secretly Canadian & Lead Riders)

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Secretly Canadian and Lead Riders have teamed up to present vital new music from exciting newcomers Whitney who are offering a first glimpse of what’s to come in 2016 with “No Woman.” In spite of its own lost soul whistfulness, there’s something immediately comforting and simple at the core of “No Woman,” the latest sonic missive from Chicago’s Whitney. It’s as soothing to your musical memory as the first two bars of The Chordette’s “Mr. Sandman.” It’s as unfettering and wind-through-your-hair of America’s “Pacific Coast Highway” — albeit here in an edible-induced cruise control.


Drummer/vocalist Julien Ehrlich’s (ex-Unknown Mortal Orchestra) naked, soft-edged falsetto charmingly guides us through this breakup bender amid subdued strings and velveteen horn section bursts: “I left drinkin’ on the city train to spend some time on the road/Then one morning I woke up in LA, caught my breath on the coast/I’ve been going through a change/I might never be sure/I’m just walking in a haze/I’m not ready to turn.”


With writing partnership of Ehrlich and Max Kakacek (guitar, ex-Smith Westerns), Whitney has given us an anthem for moseying on and forgiving yourself of your many fumbles. Julien explains, “‘No Woman’ started to take shape when I woke up on a friend’s floor one morning. He was taking a shower and the chorus popped into my head while I was grabbing my stuff to go home. Later on Max and I sat down and wrote the chords and song structure in our apartment. It’s about losing the love of your life and being thrown into an aimless journey because of it.” This is a feeling that pervades the collection of songs the band has written and recorded over the last year, and has prepped for later in 2016.




    Apr 25, 2017
    Santa Fe, NM
    Meow Wolf

    Apr 27, 2017
    Houston, TX
    Secret Group

    Apr 28, 2017
    New Orleans, LA
    Tulane University

    Apr 29, 2017
    Baton Rouge, LA
    Spanish Moon

    Sat. April 29 - Sun. April 30
    Ft. Worth, TX
    Fortress Fest

    May 01, 2017
    Lawrence, KS

    May 08, 2017
    Bloomington, IN
    The Bluebird

    May 09, 2017
    St Louis, MO
    Delmar Hall

    May 10, 2017
    Oxford, MS
    Proud Larry's

    Fri. May 12 - Sun. May 14
    Atlanta, GA
    Shaky Knees Festival

    May 16, 2017
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Cat's Cradle Main

    May 20, 2017
    Washington, DC

    May 22, 2017
    Philadelphia, PA
    Union Transfer

    May 24, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Brooklyn Steel

    Fri. May 26 - Sun. May 28
    Boston, MA
    Boston Calling

    Fri. July 14 - Sun. July 16
    Louisville, KY
    Forecastle Festival

    May 28, 2017
    Boston, MA
    The Sinclair (Boston Calling Aftershow)

    Sep 29, 2017
    Nashville, TN
    Marathon Music Works

    Dec 07, 2017
    Oakland, CA
    Fox Theater

    Dec 09, 2017
    Napa, CA
    Uptown Theatre Napa

    Dec 10, 2017
    San Jose, CA
    City National Civic Theater