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WHITNEY burst into indie stardom with one of 2016’s most acclaimed debuts, Light Upon the Lake. With alumni of Smith Westerns and Unknown Mortal Orchestra, they read as seasoned pop veterans: Pitchfork writes, “[Whitney] operates in a universe of endlessly repeatable joy … you’ll find most songs to be near flawless on a small scale.” The record landed on most publication’s year-end lists and brought them onto late night television. In a recent interview for The New York Times, Sir Elton John told 25-year-old frontman Julien Ehrlich, “You’re a newborn baby this year and you’re growing in the right direction. More power to you and thank you for your music.”
Los Angeles songstress WEYES BLOOD pens ’70s-tinged “ebbing-and-flowing chamber-folk,” (NPR), with the gentleness of Laurel Canyon but the ambitious sweep of a Carpenters ballad. Her 2016 record Front Row Seat to Earth was produced by Chris Cohen and also shared a spot on many year-end lists – a follow-up joint EP with Ariel Pink was a delightful showcase for her zany, experimental side.