Gorgeous Songwriting On Vinyl LP!
Includes 12x24 Poster Insert With Lyrics!
One Of Rolling Stone's 50 Best Albums of 2017!
Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield's fourth album as Waxahatchee and her second release with Merge, 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 her songwriting and her life. As Crutchfield prepared for the release of her 2015 Merge debut Ivy Tripp, she found herself depleted emotionally and professionally amidst the dissolution of a noxious relationship. "Ivy Tripp doesn't really have any resolution. It's a lot of beating around the bush, and superficially trying to see my life clearly, but just barely scratching the surface. Out in the Storm digs into what I was going through without blinking. It's a very honest record about a time in which I was not honest with myself."
The new album was tracked at Miner Street Recordings in Philadelphia with John Agnello, a producer, recording engineer, and mixer known for working with some of the most iconic musicians of the last 25 years, including Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth. 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.
"No songwriter handles the curves and swerves of modern romance quite like Waxahatchee's Katie Crutchfield. Her band's fourth album Out in the Storm is the kind of breakthrough that heralds a major artist truly finding her voice, as she digs herself out of what sounds like some gnarly emotional wreckage. It's like a punk rock answer to Carole King's Tapestry. '8 Ball' and 'Silver' are full of wise-ass guitar twang, as the Alabama-born Crutchfield talks shit about the menfolk but mostly dishes the dirt about her heart-on-fire self. In 'Sparks Fly' she gets a spiritual boost from twin sister Alison, who dropped her own excellent album this year with Tourist in This Town. This is the best kind of break-up journal the kind you want to blast out loud." - Rolling Stone 50 Best Albums of 2017 - Rated 14/50!
"While lacking the close mic'd intimacy of her early work, Out in the Storm is equally immersive, with songs that play like fiery exorcisms. It proves that Crutchfield's music can retain its honesty while aiming at larger audiences, gaining its power from the raw, relentless energy that's always fueled her best songs. Without seeking easy answers, she's able to find peace in the explosion." - Sam Sodomsky, Pitchfork
"She writes the kind of lyrics that can make listeners feel like eavesdroppers." - The New Yorker
Matte jacket with silver foil detail
12" x 24" poster insert with full printed lyrics
Limited time full album download
1. Never Been Wrong
2. 8 Ball
4. Recite Remorse
5. Sparks Fly
1. Brass Beam
2. Hear You
3. A Little More
4. No Question