Some music can feel so familiar that it almost feels like you have invited an old friend in when you press play. The warmth and comfort it gives provides an unfaltering and unspoken assurance that no matter what happens, this one thing will remain constant and unchanging. Amongst the many other pleasures Whitney K gives, he gives me a feeling of faith. His music is honest and open, with lyrics laid bare for all to see, born from a place of truth. That resonates….
Canadian singer-songwriter Whitney K emerged in 2016 with his intoxicating 4-track EP, Goodnight. Alongside this, he has issued three albums, two of which are only available digitally or on cassette (as far as I can tell), and the third (Two Years), which was released last year. Now, signed to the UK-based Canadian label, Maple Death Records, his latest offering was issued in May this year. Hard To Be A God is a five-track offering of “VU-inspired outsider-avant-blues”. His sound reminds me in places of Bill Callahan and Kevin Morby, but his lyrical style is very much his own. Each line its own narrative, creating imagery that requires no effort to conjure. I love his way with words…
While Digging Through The Snow is a nostalgic serenade taken from his latest EP. I love the simplicity of the organic guitar melody and gentle strings, for they say so much with so little. Whitney K’s words reflect this purity, making it all too easy to be immediately absorbed into his world. That’s special! His sound is magic and I am so happy to endorse this wonderful music! Enjoy today’s song and if you want to hear/purchase more of this sonic glory, you can do that here.
.and just in case you were wondering what the record cover artwork is all about, here’s your answer:
“Hard To Be A God’’s hallucinatory pastoral album cover is a painting by Caro Deschênes depicting a rearing dog soaring above the deceased bodies of Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Kris Kristofferson. This image epitomizes in many ways Whitney K’s approach. This is not simply a ‘kill yr idols’ situation, this is an open conversation, where storytelling becomes visionary and frames personal, poetic and often playful dérives through the histories of their imagination, bending and elevating a whole serious inventory of dreams…”