Friday, June 13, 2014

Coast To Coast With Waxahatchee

08 JUNE, 2014
Katie Crutchfield announced a final show for Waxahatchee before a well-earned summer break that will find room for the recording of a new LP in addition to plenty of Mai Tais. We've had the treat of watching the band progress from trio to quartet and witnessed the evolution in their sound. But lest one forget, Waxahatchee started as Katie, and this special show took place at New Windsor, NY's Storm King Art Center, an outdoor sculpture garden an hour north of NYC in the bucolic Hudson Valley and featured Katie performing a veritable History Of. Unlike recent full band shows, this solo acoustic outing put the focus on American Weekend, the lo-fi classic that was her first recorded effort under the Waxahatchee moniker. Opening with the first two tracks: "Catfish" and "Grass Stain", before dropping in "Blue, Pt. II" and "Tangled Envisioning" from last year's Cerulean Salt. Sandwiched in between A.W.'s "Michel" and "Magic City Wholesale" was an enchanting new song. Moving over to piano, she essayed old favorite "Noccalula", before turning in another new cut, pausing to comment on her lack of piano chops. One of her strengths is making the most of perceived weaknesses, and an indelible gift for melody is her saving grace. In the case of "Noccalula", the conversational nature of the lyrics teamed with the simplicity of the piano lines reminds one of Neil Young's solo piano ventures. Back on guitar, she pulled out a track from her Great Thunder project with Keith Spencer. Finishing up with a devastating trio from American Weekend, she rolled through the ghostly title track, spun out a heartbreaking "Bathtub", and closed with "I Think I Love You". Look out for a new Waxahatchee LP later in the year, and for Katie Crutchfield to hit the road for a solo tour, followed by a full band outing.

More scenes from the Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY:

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