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    Waxahatchee is the solo project of Katie Crutchfield, an Alabama songwriter long steeped in the Rutgers/Philadelphia scenes with releases on Don Giovanni and Merge Records. Crutchfield has carved out a distinct name for herself as a devastating and whip-smart writer and performer.

    The B-side is her original “La Loose”, showcasing her soaring crystal vocal chops a la Anne Briggs, and the A-side is a powerfully stark cover of Lucinda Williams’ “Greenville” that has been a staple of her live set for years.

    Waxahatchee

    Out In The Storm

      Out in the Storm is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her most autobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchor in the story of both Katie Crutchfield’s songwriting and her life. The album tells the story of taking control of a volatile situation, embracing flaws, and exploring a new sonic freedom. The album was tracked at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia with John Agnello, known for working with some of the most iconic musicians of the last 25 years, including Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth.

      For Agnello, it was Crutchfield’s voice that drew him in. “The first demo song I heard was ‘Fade’. The melodies, the way she sings it, the way she turns the melody, and the way she goes note to note is literally beautiful. Singers—you either have it or you don’t. She has it.” Agnello and Crutchfield worked together for most of December 2016, along with the band: sister Allison Crutchfield on keyboards and percussion, Katherine Simonetti on bass, and Ashley Arnwine on drums; Katie Harkin, touring guitarist with Sleater-Kinney, also contributed lead guitar. At Agnello’s suggestion, the group recorded most of the music live to enhance their unity in a way that gives the album a fuller sound compared to past releases, resulting in one of Waxahatchee’s most guitar-driven releases to date. “My experience working with John was genuinely life-changing,” says Crutchfield. “We had such a great connection right off the bat, and I really feel like he was always looking out for me.

      He pushed me when I needed it, and gave me space when I needed it.” Crutchfield’s voice oscillates between effortless grace and commanding righteousness, taking the listener with her on an explicitly personal journey. Songs like “Hear You” and “No Question” are lyrically unapologetic and musically resolute, while the softer acoustic songs like “A Little More” and “Fade” let fear and melancholy seep through. But it is on the atmospheric “Sparks Fly” where we feel an essential redemption. “Sparks Fly” acts as an inner dialogue and marks the first time since the inception of Waxahatchee that any semblance of self-love has shone through. 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP Info: Standard LP is black vinyl in uncoated jacket w/ foil stamp & black dustsleeve + poster + DL.

      ‘American Weekend’ is the debut album from Waxahatchee, originally released last year on Don Giovanni in the US.

      This album is more stripped down and lo-fi than its now highlyacclaimed follow up, ‘Cerulean Salt’, recorded over 8 days by Katie Crutchfield while snowed in at her childhood home in Alabama.

      This album may be sparser in sound than ‘Cerulean Salt’ but the songs are just as powerfully affecting, mediating on the highs and lows of 20-something life with a rawness that recalls the likes of Girly-Sound-era Liz Phair, Elliott Smith and PJ Harvey.

      “Katie Crutchfield has a way of delivering a line so casually that it takes a half-dozen listens to fully realise how devastating it is… the work of a songwriter skilled enough to make introspection seem not self-centered, but generous” - Pitchfork

      “The nakedness of Crutchfield’s music is the source of both its confidence and its vulnerability” - Spin

      “Rightly one of the most talked about artists at SXSW, for a tough but tender take on the singer-songwriter” - NME

      “With a voice and a talent for songwriting like hers, Katie has the potential to become a genuine great” - DIY Magazine


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