Waxahatchee – Ivy Tripp

ARTIST: Waxahatchee 220px-Waxahatchee_-_Ivy_Tripp

TITLE: Ivy Tripp

YEAR RELEASED: 2015

CHART ACTION: #153

SINGLES: The Dirt, Air, Under a Rock, La Loose

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: I bet you heard some on some indie radio stations.

LINEUP: Katie Crutchfield, Keith Spencer, Kyle Gilbride

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Katie Crutchfield leaps forward, taking her songs into almost a full-rock band sound, without sacrificing quality nor vulnerability.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Moving to Merge Records and recording over a period of time in Long Island with her two collaborators (who are also in her sister’s band), Katie Crutchfield’s Waxahatchee project moves toward a full band experience. The hooks are still there, but the sound is definitely a bit more layered. Waxahatchee is more experimental here, adding in sonic elements not found on the simpler recordings.

The subject matter is about a transition between feelings of love and feelings of loss, like most of adulthood. And while the sound is fuller, the songs are just as rich and personal as her lo-fi recordings.

Crutchfield’s progress toward a recording artist working with a full band but when she’s on her own at guitar or piano, she’s as powerful and out front. Still a hidden gem, Crutchfield is asecending slowly and surely.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: Ivy Tripp is a term she made up about the directionless folks living today.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE A: This is solidly written, arranged, and produced. What more do you want?

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