Published Apr 17, 2017Katie Crutchfield has unveiled details about the next Waxahatchee album. Titled Out in the Storm, it's slated to arrive this summer, marking the full-length follow-up to 2015's Ivy Tripp.
UPDATE (4/18, 10:15 a.m. EDT): Details for Out in the Storm have now been unveiled. It is due out on July 14 via Merge, and the full tracklisting can be found below. Waxahatchee has also unveiled a video for the first single, "Silver," and you can check that out below, as well. The album artwork is pictured above.
The new album was produced by John Agnello, and recorded live with a band featuring Allison Crutchfield, Katherine Simonetti, Ashley Arnwine and Katie Harkin.
Crutchfield gave some insight about the new record in an interview with the Lena Dunham-helmed Lenny newsletter. She revealed that the latest collection of songs was inspired by a recent breakup, following what had become a toxic personal and professional relationship — though that's not how she wants the LP to be solely categorized.
"I don't want to call it a break-up record, but it was a romantic and professional relationship that fell apart," she explains. "I had to end it, and it rippled throughout every little corner of my life. Getting on the other side of that and reflecting on the whole spectrum of sadness and anger and resentment, I came out of it and I was a lot closer to myself, which I think is common too. People lose themselves into relationships sometimes."
She also mentions her twin sister Allison Crutchfield's involvement in her musical process (Waxahatchee is primarily Katie's solo recording project, but Allison often plays in the touring band), admitting that the pair always run their musical ideas past each other.
"I feel like my whole process at its core, the skeleton of it is, I write a song, and I send it to Allison, and I need to hear Allison's thoughts," Katie said. "Then I move on. That's how we create together, and she does the same for me. It's this great thing. Sometimes it feels like we're just making music for each other."
As far details about the new Waxhatchee tunes, a complete tracklisting has yet to surface, but Katie did speak about one song in particular, titled "Sparks Fly." She said:
That song, it's one of my favorites that I've written ever, I think, lyrically — because it's just really about me. Most of my songs are about relationships or about another person or how this other person is making me feel. And that song is just about how I feel about myself in a specific moment. That line is about this great wild fun night that we spent together in Berlin. We were both going through these big life changes and we just had so much fun. I had been seeing myself through another person's eyes, you know, like when you're in a really serious or toxic, shitty relationship, you start to kind of become this person that you don't recognize. I was in that place for such a long time, and I just remember that night sort of feeling like I was seeing myself through Allison's eyes, and she was seeing me as a person who is happy and fun and can laugh and enjoy myself. You know what I mean? I was seeing myself as this good, happy person, and I hadn't seen myself like that in a long time. This big weight of insecurity had been lifted, and I was very free.
If Katie Crutchfield's Twitter is any indication, more details about Out in the Storm — and possibly a preview of the new music — could be on the way soon.
TOMORROW things are gonna happen 🌊🌊🌊— waxahatchee (@k_crutchfield) April 17, 2017
Following the release of Ivy Tripp, Waxahatchee unearthed a collection of demos for an EP entitled Early Recordings last year. Katie and Allison Crutchfield's former band P.S. Eliot also unleashed a massive box set documenting their 2007 to 2011 run and reunited for a handful of live shows last year.
Out in the Storm:
1. Never Been Wrong
2. 8 Ball
4. Recite Remorse
5. Sparks Fly
6. Brass Beam
7. Hear You
8. A Little More
9. No Question