Waxahatchee has shared the single ‘Under a Rock’ from her anticipated new album ‘Ivy Tripp’, released 6 April via Wichita. ‘Under a Rock’ is a quicker guitar-driven song that lays the foundation for the rest of the album, which as a whole resonates with strong, self-aware lyrics, energetic ballads, and powerfully hushed moments of solitude. Crutchfield’s voice is the guiding force behind ‘Ivy Tripp’ – gripping you tightly and then softly releasing you into the wilds of emotion.
Following a mesmerising sold out solo performance at St Pancras Old Church last month, Waxahatchee has announced a set of shows at this year’s SXSW in March and has added dates to her extensive European tour (global listings below). The full band will include Katie Crutchfield (guitar, vocals), Keith Spencer (guitar), Katherine Simonetti (bass), Ashley Arnwine (drums), and Allison Crutchfield (guitar, keys and backup vocals).
Listen to ‘Under A Rock’ on soundcloud BELOW:
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Waxahatchee, the solo musical project of Katie Crutchfield, is named after a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came from and where she’s going. The follow up to 2013’s critically lauded ‘Cerulean Salt’, ‘Ivy Tripp’ drifts confidently from its predecessor and displays a more informed and powerful recognition of where Crutchfield currently finds herself. The previous themes of loss of youth and coming of age have been replaced with self control and sheer honesty; “My life has changed a lot in the last two years, and it’s been hard for me to process my feelings other than by writing songs,” says Crutchfield. “I think a running theme [of ‘Ivy Tripp’] is steadying yourself on shaky ground and reminding yourself that you have control in situations that seem overwhelming.”
Recorded and engineered by Kyle Gilbride of Wherever Audio at Crutchfield’s home on New York’s Long Island – with drums recorded in the gym of a local elementary school – ‘Ivy Tripp’ presents a more developed and grown up version of Waxahatchee; “The title ‘Ivy Tripp’ is really just a term I made up for directionless-ness, specifically of the 20-something, 30-something, 40-something of today, lacking regard for the complaisant life path of our parents and grandparents. I have thought of it like this: ‘Cerulean Salt’ is a solid and ‘Ivy Tripp’ is a gas.”
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