RIYL: Speedy Ortiz, Angel Olsen, Belly

Label: Merge

Similar to Angel Olsen, it’s been a joy to watch Waxahatchee frontwoman Katie Crutchfield evolve her sound from album to album.  2012’s American Weekend was a sparse, folkier project, miles away from the styles she adopted on the richer studio cuts from 2013’s Cerulean Salt and the fuzzier, rockier Ivy Tripp in 2015.  Their common denominator is the simple purity of Crutchfield’s voice and her deeply personal lyrical treatment.  I always heard a 90s influence buried in the layers similar to the playful delivery from That Dog’s Rachel Haden or The Breeders’ Kim Deal.

Silver, her newest single off forthcoming full-length Out in the Storm, makes use of Katie’s knack for building singalong choruses and sunny harmonies out of particularly melancholy subject matter.  I can see this one aging as well as Belly’s Feed the Tree, one of those instaclassic tunes that you can’t help but shout along with in your car.  Laughing bystanders be damned.

The deluxe package comes with a cloudy white vinyl LP of all of her demos from the album, so be sure to hop over to Merge’s online store to secure your copy.  For all ye superfans, there’s a deluxier edition that comes with a set of postcards and a CD for $10 more and, of course, black vinyl is also available if Uncle Sam taxed most of your checking account away.

The Details

Deluxe 2-LP (Limited edition)
- album on black vinyl
- exclusive bonus LP of demo versions of the entire album on cloud white vinyl
- 12" × 24" poster of Katie Crutchfield
- gatefold jacket with full lyrics and silver foil details
- full download of album and demo versions

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Price $28.98

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