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“…The next band I saw was Whitney, led by vocalist and drummer Julien Ehrlich and guitarist Max Kakacek. About a dozen other instrumentalists backed the frontmen, creating a distinctively full sound complete with strings and horns. Julien has one of the most unique voices in indie music right now. The Elton John endorsed singer is a high tenor whose faint falsettos are almost ghostly.
Julien and Max had embodied the persona of a lonely drinker named Whitney for their first album, hence the name. The bandmates were both experiencing breakups at the time, so it makes sense that the character they crafted seems vividly realistic. While cheerful melodies and robust instrumentation add an air of optimism to their sound, Julien’s wistful tone and longing lyrics ground listeners in the bleak reality of heartbreak.
They teased work from their sophomore album Forever Turn Around with two unreleased songs; “Used To Be Lonely” hints at healing and an overall happier second chapter in the saga of Whitney’s love life. For most of the set, I sat in the bleachers left of the stage to get a better view above thousands of fans. When they played their most popular track “No Woman” right at the golden hour, I saw groups holding hands and dancing freely all across the festival grounds…”