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Waxahatchee's new revelation


Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm
  • Waxahatchee, Out in the Storm
When the Crutchfield twin sisters of Alabama reunited their duo P.S. Eliot last summer, there was a smoldering power that had not been present since Katie Crutchfield left in 2010 to form the band Waxahatchee. Since then, she helped produce her sister Allison’s eclectic solo album, and also invited her to play keyboards on her band’s new Out in the Storm. The result is not a mere step-function evolution, but a revelation. In 10 songs totaling 30 minutes, the album evokes elements of Sleater-Kinney, Frightened Rabbit, Guided by Voices, and even “Positively 4th St”-era Dylan. Katie may be a more intense (if jaded) singer and lyricist than her sister, but when it comes to tracks like “Recite Remorse,” there is scarcely more powerful pop music being crafted in 2017. This is an album to make a neophyte drop everything and exclaim, “What the hell was that?”
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