Waxahatchee — Saint Cloud (March 27, 2020)
★ Jak se singer~songwriterka Waxahatchee — střízlivá, přestěhovala do Kansas City a ještě udělala své nejlepší album. Po rozpadu kapely a vztahu se s tímto sólovým projektem objevila skladatelka Katie Crutchfield jako osobní zpověď. V Tais Awards jsme ji zachytili již v roce 2013 albem „Cerulean Salt“.
Born: 1987 in Birmingham, AL
Location: Brooklyn, New York
Album release: March 27, 2020
Record Label: Merge
01. Oxbow 2:53
02. Can’t Do Much 3:44
03. Fire 3:37
04. Lilacs 3:16
05. The Eye 4:18
06. Hell 2:59
07. Witches 2:49
08. War 3:10
09. Arkadelphia 4:51
10. Ruby Falls 3:51
11. St. Cloud 4:42
Photo credit: „I’ve become so obsessive about people like Lucinda Williams, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris,“ Katie Crutchfield says. „I wanted to step into that power a little bit.“ — Erica Hernandez for Rolling Stone
★ Waxhatchee’s Saint Cloud is an unflinching self~examination whose raw, exposed narrative terrain is aided by a shift in sonic arrangements. While her last two records (Out in the Storm and Ivy Tripp) featured the kind of big guitars, well~honed noise, and battering sounds that characterized her Philadelphia scene and strongly influenced a burgeoning new class of singer~songwriters, Saint Cloud strips back those layers to create space for Katie Crutchfield’s voice and lyrics. The result is a classic Americana sound with modern touches befitting an artist who has emerged as one of the signature storytellers of her time.
Recorded last summer between New York and Texas and produced by Brad Cook (Bon Iver, Big Red Machine), the the 11 tracks include players Bobby Colombo and Bill Lennox of Bonny Doon, Josh Kaufman (Hiss Golden Messenger, Bonny Light Horseman), and Nick Kinsey (Kevin Morby, Elvis Perkins).
★ According to a press release, Saint Cloud was one written after Crutchfield went sober. The result is batch of songs built through “unflinching self~examination” on both self~love and her relationship with a fellow musician, woven throughout locations spread wide as Barcelona to the Mississippi Gulf.
The lead track “Fire” embodies that sonically airy, lyrically direct approach. Minimal instrumentation carries the song’s steady step, leaving a clearing for Crutchfield to vocally ebb and flow in her unique delivery.
★ In a press statement, Crutchfield spoke about the journey that led to the new track, explaining,
★ “The idea and melody for “Fire” was dreamt up while driving over the Mississippi River from Memphis into West Memphis, AR, sun reflecting off the water which literally made West Memphis glow. The song’s written by me, to myself. It’s about the internal dialogue of shame surrounding mistakes you’ve made in the past and how we spiral and beat ourselves up when we slip. It’s meant to be a bit of a personal pep talk. If I can love myself unconditionally, then I can move through the world a little easier. If I can accept that I only have a partial view of the universe, and that I can’t know everything or control much of anything, then I can breathe a little easier, take better care of myself, and be closer to my own truth.”