Waxahatchee returns with a new album 'Ivy Tripp' on 7th April via Wichita Recordings, and signs to Merge Records for North America.
Waxahatchee, the solo musical project of Katie Crutchfield, is named after a creek not far from her childhood home in Alabama and seems to represent both where she came from and where she's going. The follow up to 2013's critically lauded 'Cerulean Salt', 'Ivy Tripp' drifts confidently from its predecessor and displays a more informed and powerful recognition of where Crutchfield currently finds herself. The previous themes of loss of youth and coming of age have been replaced with self control and sheer honesty; "My life has changed a lot in the last two years, and it's been hard for me to process my feelings other than by writing songs," says Crutchfield. "I think a running theme [of Ivy Tripp] is steadying yourself on shaky ground and reminding yourself that you have control in situations that seem overwhelming."
Recorded and engineered by Kyle Gilbride of Wherever Audio at Crutchfield's home on New York's Long Island - with drums recorded in the gym of a local elementary school - Ivy Tripp presents a more developed and grown up version of Waxahatchee; "The title Ivy Tripp is really just a term I made up for directionless-ness, specifically of the 20-something, 30-something, 40-something of today, lacking regard for the complaisant life path of our parents and grandparents. I have thought of it like this: Cerulean Salt is a solid and Ivy Tripp is a gas."
Following the sold out solo shows later this month at London's St Pancras Church, Waxahatchee has announced a set of European dates with a full band for June. The line up will include Katie Crutchfield (guitar, vocals), Keith Spencer (guitar), Katherine Simonetti (bass), Ashley Arnwine (drums), and Allison Crutchfield (guitar, keys and backup vocals).
Waxahatchee Solo European Dates:
Monday 26 January London St Pancras Church SOLD OUT
Wednesday 28 January Paris L'Espace B
Saturday 31 January Brussels Botanique
Sunday 1 February Amsterdam Paradiso
Wednesday 4 February Berlin Monarch
Waxahatchee Full Band European Dates:
Sat 23 May Dresden Beatpol
Mon 1 June Münster Gleis 22
Wed 3 June Hamburg Molotow
Thu 4 June Copenhagen Beta
Mon 8 June Köln Blue Shell
Wed 10 June London Electric Ballroom
Thu 11 June Bristol The Fleece
Fri 12 June Manchester The Ruby Lounge
Sat 13 June Dublin Button Factory
Sun 14 June Belfast McHughs
Mon 15 June Glasgow Stereo
Tue 16 June Newcastle The Cluny
Wed 17 June Leeds The Brudenell Social Club
Thu 18 June Sheffield The Harley
Fri 19 June Southhampton Joiners
Sat 20 June Brighton Bleach