In the past decade international pop music received lifeblood from Independent Folk, and that’s also thanks to artists like Katie Crutchfield. The uplifting and battering sound of Waxahatchee’s records and the Philadelphia scene has been highly influential for a new class of singer-songwriters.
As a lyricist who has always let her listeners know exactly where she is at a given moment, Crutchfield spent much of 2018 revisiting her roots to look for answers. The result is Waxahatchee’s latest record “Saint Cloud” (2020), an intimate journey through the places she’s been, filled with the people she’s loved.
Listening to Waxahatchee has always felt like being invited along on a journey with a steely-eyed navigator. On Saint Cloud, Crutchfield adds a new sense of perspective to her travels. Reflecting on this, she says, “I think all of my records are turbulent and emotional, but this one feels like it has a little dose of enlightenment. It feels a little more calm and less reckless.”
The album strips back production layers to create space for Crutchfield’s voice and lyrics, which will be even more upfront during her solo performance in Rotterdam!