New Music Of The Day: Whitney – No Woman (NME Basement Session)

I’ve already waxed lyrical on Whitney’s single ‘No Woman’, which in its full-band itineration comes on like something that belongs in sunkissed LA in the mid-70s. File it alongside Dennis Wilson’s ‘Pacific Ocean Blue’ and ‘Ventura Highway’ by America and bask in its beauty. Maybe chuck in Bobby Charles’ ‘Small Town Talk’ for added soul emphasis.

We practically forced three members of the Chicago band to come to NME to do us a stripped back version of it when they were last in London a couple of weeks ago, and today we’re premiering the video. If anything, it highlights just how intricate guitarist Max Kakacek’s guitar work is, how keys man Malcolm Brown provides the backbone (playing Fender Rhodes here) and how singer Julien Ehrlich – normally on drums but playing acoustic here – is one of the most jaw-dropping voices in music.

Whitney’s debut album ‘Light Upon The Lake’ is huge, and it’s released on Jun 3. They’ve got a bunch of UK and European dates which I’ve included below the video: