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Waxahatchee Traces the Sound of Recovery on ‘Saint Cloud': ‘I Had to Hit Pause'

Posted On: Mar 26, 2020   |   Posted By: Billboard

As the mastermind behind the indie project Waxahatchee , singer-songwriter Katie Crutchfield has never been content with a single sound, or a single mode of playing. Over the course of four albums and a recent EP, her writing has shifted in and around a familiar universe of thematic constants with a voice, and an eye, toward specificity that's entirely her own. Place names, dates, and particular words and phrases help anchor the music in memory - from the lithe, acoustic aesthetics of 2012's American Weekend to the patchwork of rural reminiscence and urban thrash that was 2017's Out In The Storm.
On her new album Saint Cloud, out this Friday , Crutchfield trades those gnashing guitars for something clearer and more spacious, an antidote to the personal turbulence that'd only been ramping up since her last tour. “I needed to just sit with myself, as a flawed person that's in pain, before I could focus on making an album again,” Crutchfield tells Billboard.
During that inter-album period, she found...

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