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Out In The StormRecorded With John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr, Sonic Youth)
LP Housed In A Matte Jacket With Silver Foil Detail
Includes A 12 x 24" Printed Poster Insert
Out in the Storm is the blazing result of a woman reawakened. Her mostautobiographical and honest album to date, Out in the Storm is a self-reflective anchorin the story of both Katie Crutchfield's songwriting and her life. The album tells thestory of taking control of a volatile situation, embracing flaws, and exploring a newsonic 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 thatdrew him in. "The first demo song I heard was 'Fade'. The melodies, the way she singsit, 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 workedtogether for most of December 2016, along with the band: sister Allison Crutchfieldon keyboards and percussion, Katherine Simonetti on bass, and Ashley Arnwine ondrums; 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 theirunity in a way that gives the album a fuller sound compared to past releases, resultingin one of Waxahatchee's most guitar-driven releases to date. "My experience workingwith John was genuinely life-changing," says Crutchfield. "We had such a greatconnection right off the bat, and I really feel like he was always looking out for me. Hepushed 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 softeracoustic 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 ofWaxahatchee that any semblance of self-love has shone through. This moment is aperspective we've yet to see from Crutchfield: it is a rediscovery of herself, and therealization of a full life she is completely worthy of. "It's about self-preservation, self-care,and reclaiming your autonomy," says Crutchfield. "When you find the things thatmake you happy, sometimes it's easier to see things that make you unhappy."1. Never Been Wrong
2. 8 Ball
4. Recite Remorse
5. Sparks Fly
6. Brass Beam
7. Hear You
8. A Little More
9. No Question
10. Fade$19.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Cerulean SaltOn her second full-length record as Waxahatchee, former P.S. Eliot singer Katie Crutchfield's compelling hyper-personal poetry is continuously crushing. Cerulean Salt follows last January's 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 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.1. Hollow Bedroom
2. Dixie Cups and Jars
3. Lips and Limbs
4. Blue Pt. II
5. Brother Bryan
6. Coast to Coast
7. Tangled Envisioning
8. Misery Over Dispute
11. Swan Dive
12. Peace and Quiet
13. You're Damaged$14.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Ivy TrippKatie Crutchfield's southern roots are undeniable. The name of her solo musical project Waxahatchee comes from a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came
from and where she's going. Waxahatchee's latest record, Ivy Tripp, drifts confidently from its predecessors and brings forth a more informed and powerful recognition of where Crutchfield has currently found herself. The lament and grieving for her youth seem to have been replaced with control and sheer self-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, or just being cognizant in moments of deep confusion or sadness, and learning to really feel emotions and to grow from that."
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
aged 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: [Waxahatchee's last album] Cerulean Salt is a solid and Ivy Tripp is a gas."
As far as her goals with Ivy Tripp, Crutchfield says, "I heard someone say that you have to be the change you want to see. I just want to be the kind of musician I want to see in the world. I want to present myself in a way that reflects that."1. Breathless
2. Under a Rock
4. La Loose
5. Stale by Noon
6. The Dirt
10. Grey Hair
11. Summer of Love
12. Half Moon
13. Bonfire$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Before The World Was BigBefore The World Was Big is the debut album by Girlpool and follows their critically acclaimed self-titled EP, released on Wichita Recordings in 2014. Girlpool will be touring extensively in 2015 including shows at SXSW and a support tour with Waxahatchee. The band were named Musical Artist To Watch in 2015 by New York Times.1. Ideal World
2. Dear Nora
3. Before The World Was Big
5. Cherry Picking
6. Magnifying Glass
7. Crowded Stranger
10. I Like That You Can See It$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
Hold Still LifeHold Still Life, which was co-produced by band members Andrew Futral and Rachel Browne, marks Field Mouse's first full-length that's been written and released as a full band. The album was recorded at Seaside Lounge, Brooklyn & Let 'em In, Brooklyn and mixed by Kyle Gilbride (Swearin', Waxahatchee, Upset).
Upon returning from a tour with Laura Stevenson and the Cans in 2013, the band wasted no time arranging the album. Inspired by burgeoning adulthood, social overload and isolation, life in New York, and the realization that life is going by with a terrifying swiftness (plus a handful of breakup songs to boot), Field Mouse wrote and recorded the new album in late 2013.
If you're a fan of artists like The Breeders, Sonic Youth, Velocity Girl, My Bloody Valentine, Beach House or Juliana Hatfield, you're gonna enjoy Field Mouse. Plus, they have a really great cover of the Twin Peaks song so there's that.1. A Place You Return to in a Dream
2. Tomorrow Is Yesterday
3. Two Ships
4. Everyone but You
8. Horizon City
9. Bright Lights
12. Water in the Valley
13. A Place You Return To In A Dream (Acoustic)
14. Everyone But You (Acoustic)
15. Asteroid (Acoustic)
16. Water In The Valley (Acoustic)$10.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
QuarterbacksQUARTERBACKS started as a short-lived duo playing too-fast love songs backed by guitar and a single snare drum. Basement style, old smelly carpets, house shows for punk and patch kids. This was in New
Paltz, a college town at the bottom of a mountain in upstate New York. Dean (Dean Engle, the band's songwriter/vocalist) worked at one of the town's two record shops, as K Records-obsessed small town boys
The QUARTERBACKS line-up combusted after a handful of shows. The songs sat dormant until January 2012 when Dean enlisted Max Restaino and Tom Christie to revive the project. The new three-piece
expanded the original vision, playing love-obsessed songs with limited affectation. The songs averaged under-2 minutes, and the DIY ethic remained firm. A few tape-only releases came into being (See the
brilliant Double Double Whammy Records of Brooklyn NY).
Two years of upstate basement shows further refined their efficient twee punk set, new songs slowly forming from familiar themes and chord patterns, progress through recursion. Down the street from the record
shop where Dean worked was Team Love Records, a record label that had relocated from Sugar Street in NYC's East Village to Church Street in New Paltz. The folks at Team Love and Dean found themselves
spending way too much time discussing favorite Cat's Miaow singles and post-Young Marble Giants projects.
On February 10th, 2015, Team Love will release the first official longplayer by QUARTERBACKS. It's 19 songs played in 22 minutes. It's fast, broken-hearted and full of people, places and things. QUARTERBACKS was recorded at the Tin Roof Sessions Studio in New Paltz by Kyle Gilbride (Swearin,' Waxahatchee, Radiator Hospital) in less than 12 hours.1. Usual
2. Not in Luv
4. Stay in Luv
8. The Dogs
10. Last Boy
11. Never Go
12. Prove Me Wrong
14. Simple Songs
17. Love Seat
19. Point Nine$15.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now