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Cerulean Salt - 2023 Reissue

    Cerulean Salt follows American Weekend -- a collection of minimal acoustic guitar pop written and recorded in a week at her family's Birmingham home. On this new record, Crutchfield's songs continue to be marked by her sharp, hooky songwriting; her striking voice and lyrics that simultaneously seem hyperpersonal yet relentlessly relatable, teetering between endearingly nostalgic and depressingly dark. But whereas before the thematic focus of her songcraft was on break ups and passive-aggressive crushing, this record reflects on her family and Alabama upbringing. Whereas American Weekend was mostly just Crutchfield and her guitar, Cerulean Salt is occasionally amped up, with a full band and higher-fi production. At times, Cerulean Salt creeps closer to the sound of PS Eliot: moody, 90s- inspired rock backed by Keith Spencer and Swearin' guitarist Kyle Gilbride on drums and bass. The full band means fleshed-out fuzzy lead guitars on "Coast to Coast", its poppy hook almost masking its dark lyrics. Big distorted guitars and deep steady drums mark songs like "Misery over Dispute" and "Waiting". There's plenty of American Weekend's introspection and minimalism to be found, though. "Blue Pt. II" is stripped down, Crutchfield and her sister Alison singing in harmony with deadpan vox. She's still an open booking, musing on self-doubt versus self-reliance, transience versus permanence. "Peace and Quiet" ebbs and flows from moody, minimal verses to a sing- song chorus. "Swan Dive" tackles nostalgia, transience, indifference, regret -- over the a minimal strum of an electric-guitar, the picking at a chirpy riff and the double-time tapping of a muted drum. The album closes with a haunting acoustic-guitar reflection on "You're Damaged," possibly the best Waxahatchee song to date.

    TRACK LISTING

    Hollow Bedroom
    Dixie Cups And Jars
    Lips And Limbs
    Blue Part II
    Brother Bryan
    Coast To Coast
    Tangled Envisioning
    Misery Over Dispute
    Lively
    Waiting
    Swan Dive
    Peace And Quiet
    You're Damaged

    Waxahatchee

    Cerulean Salt

      Reissue of the second Waxahatchee album.

      On her second full-length record as Waxahatchee, former P.S. Eliot singer Katie Crutchfield’s compelling hyper-personal poetry is continuously crushing.

      On this new record, Crutchfield’s songs continue to be marked by her sharp, hooky songwriting; her striking voice and lyrics that simultaneously seem hyper-personal yet relentlessly relatable, teetering between endearingly nostaglic and depressingly dark. But whereas before the thematic focus of her songcraft was on break ups and passive-aggressive crushing, this record reflects on her family and Alabama upbringing. And whereas American Weekend was mostly just Crutchfield and her guitar, Cerulean Salt is occasionally amped up, with a full band and higher-fi production. At times, Cerulean Salt creeps closer to the sound of PS Eliot: moody, 90s-inspired rock backed by Keith Spencer and Swearin’ guitarist Kyle Gilbride on drums and bass. The full band means fleshed-out fuzzy lead guitars on “Coast to Coast”, its poppy hook almost masking its dark lyrics. Big distorted guitars and deep steady drums mark songs like “Misery over Dispute” and “Waiting”. There’s plenty of American Weekend’s instrospection and minimalism to be found, though. “Blue Pt. II” is stripped down, Crutchfield and her sister Alison (of Swearin’) singing in harmony with deadpan vox. She’s still an open booking, musing on self-doubt versus self-reliance, transience versus permanence. “Peace and Quiet” ebbs and flows from moody, minimal verses to a sing-song chorus. “Swan Dive” tackles nostalgia, transience, indifference, regret over the a minimal strum of an electric-guitar, the picking at a chirpy riff and the double-time tapping of a muted drum. The album closes with a haunting acoustic-guitar reflection on “You’re Damaged,” possibly the best Waxahatchee song to date.

      TRACK LISTING

      Hollow Bedroom
      Dixie Cups And Jars
      Lips And Limbs
      Blue, Pt. 2 
      Brother Bryan
      Coast To Coast
      Tangled Envisioning
      Misery Over Dispute 
      Lively
      Waiting
      Swan Dive
      Peace And Quiet
      You’re Damaged

      Waxahatchee

      American Weekend

        Debut album from Waxahatchee aka Katie Crutchfield. The Brooklyn via Alabama artist brings ‘just guitar, her voice, and a piano to tell stories.’ 

        The 11 songs were recorded in a span of seven days on an 8-track recorder.

        TRACK LISTING

        Catfish
        Grass Stain
        Rose, 1956
        American Weekend
        Michel
        Be Good
        Luminary Blake
        Magic City Wholesale
        Bathtub
        I Think I Love You
        Noccalula

        Silver Haze is the second full-length by New York City's Aye Nako. The album features 12 songs recorded last year at Room 17 in Brooklyn with Joe Rogers.

        Originally formed to subdue personal boredom, but now operating on another frequency, Aye Nako are actively seeking a planet where those who fall in the margins can feel okay about being themselves. The band has self-released one full length, Unleash Yourself (2013), and also put out an EP, The Blackest Eye (2015), through Don Giovanni Records. They have toured throughout the US with Screaming Females, Joanna Gruesome, and Speedy Ortiz.

        "With every release, the members of the Brooklyn queer punk quartet sharpen their talent for reciprocity between seemingly dissonant elements." - NPR

        "It's hard to ignore the tonal similarities to their tour-mates Speedy Ortiz but Aye Nako differentiate their gnarled noise by mixing unexpected sincerity into otherwise deadpan delivery." - Pitchfork

        TRACK LISTING

        We're Different Now
        Sissy
        Half Dome
        Nightcrawler
        Muck
        The Gift Of Hell
        Particle Mace
        Arrow Island
        Spare Me
        Nothin Nice
        Tourmaline
        Maybe She's Bored With It


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