Back in 2016, Whitney landed with debut ‘Light Upon The Lake’ and immediately went from ‘those blokes that used to be in Smith Westerns’ to one of the most exciting new bands in the land.
Now, rejoice! Because the Chicago group - led by core duo Julien Ehrlich and max Kakacek - have announced its follow up, ‘Forever Turned Around’. Due 30th August via Secretly Canadian, it’ll pre-empt the band’s already-announced UK tour dates in November.
Speaking to DIY back in April, the pair opened up about the record, speaking about its tenser, more fraught outlook in comparison to their debut. “We’re not openly talking politics because I don’t really think our point of view as straight white dudes is really anything that people need,” explained Julien. “But this record is dealing with a lot of fear, confusion, substance abuse a little bit. It’s definitely not reading like ‘we love the way the world is moving’.”
Whitney have also shared the first track from the record, ‘Given Up’ - full of their customary spine-tingling harmonies, but riddled with that more forlorn undercurrent.
Listen to ‘Given Up’ and peep the tour dates below.
10 Cologne, Luor
12 Zurich, Bogen F
14 Munich, Strom
15 Berlin, Lido
17 Copenhagen, Store Vega
18 Amsterdam, Paradiso
21 Paris, Trabendo
23 Bristol, SWX
25 Cambridge, Junction
26 Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
27 Glasgow, QMU
28 Manchester, Albert Hall
29 London, Roundhouse
01 Dublin, Academy
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They’ll be joined by Glass Animals, Caribou, Whitney and more.
Highlights also include girl in red, CHAI and Mac DeMarco.
Returning with new LP ‘Forever Turned Around’, we find the duo in a more reflective, melancholy state of mind - but still finding beauty in what might seem bleak.
We’re not asking Whitney to soundtrack a raging rebellion, we just want them to make us feel things.