Whitney: The Essentials

After wrapping up a tour with The Head and the Heart, Whitney just played South by Southwest and is gearing up for a European tour and stints at a number of festivals, including Osheaga Music Festival.

The seven-piece ensemble hailing from Chicago released its first album, Light Upon the Lake, midway through last year, becoming popular for lead singer Julien Ehrlich's unique vocals and the '70s-sounding tracks.

"No Matter Where We Go," the band's first single, is a happy-go-lucky, simple and quick tune anchored by guitars and piano. The catchy track has since been overshadowed by "No Woman" - the group's most popular song to date, featuring a more somber attitude and horns to boot.

While "No Woman" and "No Matter Where We Go" are standouts from the rising band, other spins from the record are equally as catchy - if not, more; "Polly" and "Golden Days," especially.

The best song on the album, though, is "The Falls," which is essentially a sing-along song adapted for adults. With a lilting piano ditty waltzing in and out of the track and horns permeating throughout, this song combines all of Whitney's best assets: Faint vocals, brassy accompaniments and casually clever lyricism.

For a listen at some of Whitney's best songs to date, play our essentials playlist below.

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