White Life is a pop group whose retro feel and soulful, heart-wrenching delivery offer up far more than standard pop fare. With slyly addictive beats, the tracks distill and articulate a profound and familiar longing (for summer, for love, for the future). These anthems will remind you what you adored about dance tracks the first time you heard them, and in your complete enchantment finally free you of the lurking fear that you won’t hear as good again. Catchy and captivating, every hook on this glistening debut transports listeners to a youthful collective past and to the hidden recesses of that still untapped desire, while remaining fun, danceable, and –at first listen- blissfully carefree.
Founded and produced by Jon Ehrens, who is joined by his sister Emily Ehrens for vocals, White Life is a lyrical romp through pop history, infusing the beat driven dance model with avant sensibilities. During production the impressive sibling duo worked with “many local figureheads in the Baltimore music scene, including Jenn Wasner from Wye Oak, Chris Freeland of Oxes, and Andrew Bernstein of the Dan Deacon Ensemble,” reports Reverbnation.com, also noting that “Ehrens' previous efforts include The Art Department, whose Paperwork/Birdwork album was named one of the Top 10 albums from Baltimore in 2010 by the Baltimore City Paper.”
A perfectly titled song from a perfectly titled band, Time Is Wasting is the summer jam of 2011. You read it here first. A lazy, ’80s-throwback bass ‘n’ beat, a few luxurious handclaps and buried la-la background vocals and you’ve got yourself the kind of golden song that makes you want to sip some Chardonnay and dip your hand into the pool. I feel like I’m getting tanned and blonde just listening to this song.
Time IS wasting. And you’re wasting it on relaxing. Keep going.
Bonus: The entire album can be live streamed and purchased at Ehse Records. Get thee to there! I’m streaming it now.