THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE: “Award-winning Canadian duo Whitehorse — Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet — were originally planning on recording an EP of ’70s country songs instead of what became their upcoming album I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying. But when the lockdown hit, the pair began churning out new original songs.
“Luke was like staying up late every night and writing all the songs about lockdown,” remembers McClelland. “And then he all of a sudden had like this collection of songs about lockdown that was stunning, and so I was like, ‘Oh, OK, I’m going to shift my thinking and start writing thematically.’ ” The first song McClelland penned during these sessions was If The Loneliness Don’t Kill Me, a Telecaster and pedal steel-driven two-step embodying McClelland’s original idea for the song’s refrain: “If the loneliness don’t kill me, then the good times surely will.”
I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying sees the duo lean further into classic country tones which is both a nod to their influences and an evolution of their sound. Whitehorse have received five consecutive Juno Award nominations in three different genre categories, attesting to their brilliance at crossing genres from psychedelic Americana and pop-noir to squalling blues-rock and celestial folk.
A twist on the ever-present “pandemic album,” Whitehorse distilled and transcended the gloom and uncertainty of the time with a collection about heartbreak and loyalty; getting by and going crazy; and shaking things up and hunkering down. The resulting 12-song collection is playful yet profound; masterfully simple and timeless. I’m Not Crying, You’re Crying is an immaculate collection of ’70s country-inspired songs that showcase Whitehorse at their absolute best.”