Whitney

Forever Turned Around

Secretly Canadian

Released: 30th August 2019

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Forever Turned Around came together over several sessions across the
country. Though Julien Ehrlich is Whitney’s lead singing drummer while
Max Kakacek is the lead guitarist, when writing, both transcend their roles
to piece together each offering lyrically and compositionally. “The way it
ends up working is one of us comes up with a basic idea for a song and the
other person serves as the foil to complicate that idea. We ask, ‘What can
we change to make it more interesting?’” says Kakacek. Challenging each
other is the core of their songwriting partnership.
It’s these risks and experiments that make Forever Turned Around a

triumph. Take opener “Giving Up,” which started from a stream-of-
conscious revelation when Ehrlich improvised the chorus while Kakacek

played Wurlitzer. What began as a nod to Neil Young’s Live at Massey Hall
1971 in an afternoon turned into a heart-rending and relatable song about
the ups and downs of long-term relationships. Over twinkling piano, Ehrlich
sings, “Though we started losing touch / I’ve been hanging on because /
You’re the only one I love.” He explains, “In a relationship, you don’t stay at
the same level at all times. You go through weeks where you’re closed off.”
After a session with producers Bradley Cook (Hand Habits, Hiss Golden
Messenger) and Jonathan Rado (Weyes Blood, Father John Misty) helped
color in the arrangements, the album truly revealed itself when they
reunited with original rhythm guitarist Ziyad Asrar in his basement Chicago
studio—the same place where they hashed out much of their critically
acclaimed 2016 debut, Light Upon The Lake. “Getting down there was
so important because we’ve always used that basement for music. The
comfort and familiarity mattered but having Ziyad be a buffer between
us was so helpful,” says Ehrlich. With Asrar, songs like “Song For Ty” and
“Forever Turned Around” effortlessly came together.