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"We started “Kansas” back in 2017 at the beginning of the Forever Turned Around writing sessions. The initial idea saw a couple different mutations but eventually we fully rewrote it into the title track for LP2.

At some point during tour rehearsals in 2022 we decided to put the original unfinished “Kansas” in the set to see how people would respond and it quickly became a centerpiece. So in March of this year we finished writing and recording “Kansas” as it was originally imagined and we’re thrilled to finally release it." - Whitney


released August 8, 2023
“Kansas” was recorded at Prairie Sun Studios, Palisade Studios, and Nancy’s Basement.
Engineered by Ziyad Asrar, Tristan Rodman, and Nate Nauseda.
Produced by Brad Cook, Jonathan Rado, Ziyad Asrar, and Whitney.
Mixed by Ziyad Asrar.
Mastered by Alex Santilli.

Max Kakacek- Guitar, Keys, Bass, Synth
Julien Ehrlich- Vocals, Drums, Synth, Vocal Harmonies
Malcolm Brown- Vocal Harmonies
Will Miller- Horns
Macie Stewart- Strings
Lia Kohl- Cello

Cover photography by Tim Nagle


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Whitney Chicago, Illinois

Whitney was born from a series of laidback early-morning songwriting sessions during one of the harshest winters in Chicago history, after Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek (former members of Smith Westerns) reconnected - first as roommates splitting rent in a small Chicago apartment and later as musical collaborators passing the guitar and the lyrics sheet back and forth. ... more


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