Waxahatchee – Out In The Storm {Deluxe Edition} (2017) [Bandcamp 24bit/88,2kHz]

Waxahatchee – Out In The Storm {Deluxe Edition} (2017) 
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 64:04 minutes | 980 MB | Genre: Alternative
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Bandcamp | Front Cover | ©  Merge Records

Waxahatchee is an American indie music project, formed in 2010 by the American singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield. The band is named after Waxahatchee Creek, in Alabama. “Out in the Storm”, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxahatchee, 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.

What started as a home-recorded solo project for Alabama native Katie Crutchfield, Waxahatchee moved to Philadelphia and gradually expanded in terms of sound and assertiveness, a trend continued on LP number four, Out in the Storm. Contributing factors to its more muscular disposition include the fact that it was recorded in a studio and was co-produced by John Agnello (Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Kurt Vile), who encouraged Crutchfield and her band to capture much of it live as a group. That band also happens to include her sister and Merge labelmate Allison Crutchfield, Sleater-Kinney touring guitarist Katie Harkin, former P.S. Eliot bandmate Katherine Simonetti on bass, and Pinkwash’s Ashley Arnwine on drums. Last but not least, the album also finds Crutchfield reflecting on a breakup that’s provided fodder for prior releases, but here she’s looking at it in the rearview mirror. The tone is that of “good riddance,” but not without having been through some stuff. It opens with the churning guitars, feedback, and meaty hooks of “Never Been Wrong,” which regrets putting energy into the art of arguing with an expert manipulator. Later, on the fuzz-reinforced “No Question,” she refers to “An invisible race/We’ll be in it ’til one of us dies.” “Brass Beam” has a wearier Crutchfield singing “I don’t want to fight/I just want to sing my songs and sleep through the night.” She slows things down on tracks like “Recite Remorse,” where organ tones are accompanied by more ornamental, atmospheric guitar. The more intimate “A Little More” and “Fade” rely on acoustic guitar, so it’s not all rowdy, but it is all raw. She doesn’t code her stories here – there are references to diving into the Coosa River and a car trip to Brooklyn. With Crutchfield as forthright as ever and collaborators suited to drive home her position, Out in the Storm hits with as much strength as emotion.

01 – Never Been Wrong
02 – 8 Ball
03 – Silver
04 – Recite Remorse
05 – Sparks Fly
06 – Brass Beam
07 – Hear You
08 – A Little More
09 – No Question
10 – Fade
11 – Never Been Wrong (Demo)
12 – 8 Ball (Demo)
13 – Silver (Demo)
14 – Recite Remorse (Demo)
15 – Sparks Fly (Demo)
16 – Brass Beam (Demo)
17 – Hear You (Demo)
18 – A Little More (Demo)
19 – No Question (Demo)
20 – Fade (Demo)

Produced by John Agnello and Katie Crutchfield. Engineered by John Agnello.
Mixed at Water Music Recording Studios in Hoboken, NJ. Mastered by Greg Calbi at Sterling Sound.

Tracks “11-20” is Bonus Tracks, presented in 44/24.



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