Whitney have announced their new covers album Candid, and have shared their version of The Roches' "Hammond Song" as the lead track.
Back in May, Whitney released covers of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (with help from Waxahatchee) and SWV's "Rain". Today (15 July) the band have announced a new covers album called Candid, and their John Denver and SWV covers will feature on the LP.
As well as announcing the covers LP, Whitney have shared their take on The Roches' "Hammond Song", which was originally released in 1979.
Drummer and singer Julien Ehrlich says of "Hammond Song", "We both discovered "Hammond Song" because Chris Coady sent it to us years ago as a reference for recording when we were making the last Smith Westerns record. It became a song that was always around for us and then we showed it to the rest of the band. This cover is the longest Whitney recording ever and pretty much everything you hear on it is totally live, save for the horns and the slide solo. For a five minute song, if you mess up one part you have to do the whole thing live all over again."
He adds of their covers album, "This could've been as simple as saying we really love these songs and we love our bandmates and making a covers record just felt right, but it truly became an exploration into how we can evolve as a band going forward."
As well as featuring covers of The Roches, John Denver and SWV, Candid will also see Whitney cover songs by Kelela, David Byrne and Brian Eno, Damien Jurado, Moondog, Blaze Foley and Labi Siffre.