Artist spotlight: Whitney

No, not Houston. The Chicago-hailing band that was born from the breakdown of the Smith Westerns. Their seamlessly cool blend of indie-folk has straddled the electronic of late, which is a fun bonus, but their overall draw for me is how their general output a tad reminiscent of Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes.

Much of their material is mellow, with lyrics that cross the border from reflective into emotional. There’s a vulnerability to the whole setup. And, as frank as it is, you can just as easily do the dishes to their tunes in the background as you can blast them out through earphones in the warm breeze on a Sunday walk. Specific? Perhaps. Tried and tested? Of course.

So, if you’re partial to softer sounds, this outfit has a stack of them — here are a few suggestions to get you started…

Top tracks

Here’s an amuse-bouche to get you acquainted:

► ‘Giving Up’


► ‘For A While’

► ‘Song For Ty’


Original artwork via Spotify

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