Whitney Shares New Single ‘For A While’ Inspired By A Burning Car

Watch the official video for the Light Up The Lake era song.

By Nate Todd Feb 3, 2023 11:31 am PST

Whitney released a new single, “For A While,” via Secretly Canadian. The band’s Julien Ehrlich and Max Kakacek drew inspiration for the song after seeing an automobile in flames on the side of the road.

Ehrlich detailed the experience:

“The lyrics of ‘For A While’ were inspired by a time Max and I drove past a burning car on the side of the highway in Northern Illinois. From what we could see everyone made it out safely, but in that moment we were both struck by the ubiquity of anonymous tragedy. Over the course of writing ‘For A While’ that experience evolved into a feeling of gratitude and love for all the people who aren’t able to be with us today. We’ve been working on this song for a few years and a few different phases of our lives. It’s seen some people come and go. We love you all.”

“For A While” originated in the sessions for Whitney’s 2016 breakout debut album, Light Upon The Lake. Originally knowns as “Rolling Blackouts,” the number was also a live favorite on the Light Upon The Lake tour. While on the road in 2022 around their album Spark, Whitney decided to finish recording the song with co-producers Brad Cook, Jonathan Rado (organ) and Ziyad Asrar (synth). Additional contributors include Will Miller (horns), Lia Kohl (cello) and Malcom Brown (keys).

“For A While” arrived with a music video by Johnny Whispers. Watch below:

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