Published Jun 28, 2016
Light Upon the Lake
Some have crowned Chance the Rapper's "No Problem" the Song of the Summer, but it's only a song of the summer — the big city, sweltering feel-good kind. Fellow Chicagoans Whitney have mastered another strain — bright 'n' breezy, blissed-out folk-rock.
Building on but breaking apart from the last year's Laurel Canyon resurrection, Light Upon the Lake's cottage country title is apt: the delicate guitar and dusty strings of "No Woman" could play as a Western hero ambles into the sunset, while "No Matter Where We Go" rolls the windows down and sets a new standard for drunk in love, run-away-with-me tunes. All that beautiful, stop-and-smell-the-flowers spirit is distilled on "Follow," a meandering sway that builds to an ear-to-ear grinning sing-along, all swirling six-string and horns blasting pure sunshine.