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.




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

    Jul 21, 2017
    Detroit, MI
    El Club (Waking Windows Detroit)

    Jul 22, 2017
    Seattle, WA
    Capitol Hill Block Party

    Jul 23, 2017
    Los Angeles, CA
    FYF Festival

    Jul 27, 2017
    Salt Lake City, UT
    Twilight Concert Series

    Jul 25, 2017
    Petaluma, CA
    Lagunitas Brewing Company

    Jul 28, 2017
    Toronto, ON
    Danforth Music Hall

    Jul 30, 2017
    Newport, RI
    Newport Folk Festival

    Aug 04, 2017
    Chicago, IL

    Aug 06, 2017
    Montreal, QC
    Osheaga Music And Arts Festival

    Aug 08, 2017
    South Burlington, VT
    Higher Ground

    Aug 09, 2017
    Portland, ME
    Port City Music Hall

    Aug 10, 2017
    Asbury Park, NJ
    House of Independents

    Aug 11, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    Prospect Park (BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival)

    Aug 27, 2017
    Portland, OR
    MusicFestNW presents Project Pabst

    Sep 29, 2017
    Nashville, TN
    Marathon Music Works

    Nov 28, 2017
    Milwaukee, WI
    Turner Hall

    Nov 29, 2017
    Madison, WI

    Nov 30, 2017
    Minneapolis, MN
    First Avenue

    Dec 01, 2017
    Omaha, NE
    Waiting Room

    Dec 03, 2017
    Denver, CO
    Bluebird Theater

    Dec 04, 2017
    Denver, CO
    Bluebird Theater

    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