Whitney shares new songs ‘County Lines’ and ‘Memory’: Listen

The singles so far from Whitney’s new album Spark found the softly pastoral Chicago pop-rock band injecting a bit of electronics into their sound, as bands do, while retaining their essential vibe. Today they have two more previews of the album, which again sound like organic riff-driven grooves spiced up with a late 20th-century keyboard and drum machine. “Memory” is an upbeat pop track with a string arrangement by Trey Pollard. “County Lines” is a smooth piano ballad with understated pocket symphony vibes courtesy of arrangement by Rob Moose and saxophone by Sam Gendel. Both are as pretty as you’d expect from these guys, especially with Julien Ehrlich’s falsetto hovering everywhere.

The group shared this statement on “MEMORY”:

The lyrics to ‘MEMORY’ illustrate someone processing and coming to terms with their fear of death,” the band explains. “Halfway through writing the song, our bandmate Will Miller sent in the chords for this which would become the song’s outro without ever hearing “MEMORY”. It was one of those harmonious moments where two distinct ideas immediately fit together. The final third speaking to the afterlife in a way we couldn’t match with words.

Listen to both tracks below.

Spark was released September 16 on Secretly Canadian.

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