Carolyn Fagan is a writer. After spending a life in Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York, she is eager to explore everything inside of and around Asheville.
COVER OF IVY TRIPP, 2015.
Ever fall half-asleep on a muggy drive home from a too-long but already memorable sunburnt day at the beach, or lake, or in the woods? If yes, then you have felt what Waxahatchee’s music sounds like. If no, listen to Waxahatchee.
AMERICAN WEEKEND ALBUM COVER, 2012.
Katie Crutchfield, who released debut album American Weekend as Waxahatchee in 2012, will be coming to The Mothlight on June 7th. Buy your tickets now if you want to start your summer with music perfect for anticipating the season.
If you’re looking for a full Waxahatchee education, start at the beginning. American Weekend contains eleven tracks, each averaging out to about three minutes. 2013’s Cerulean Salt bumps up the track number to thirteen, as does last year’s release, Ivy Tripp. Each album is a smooth listen, with song transitions that feel more like pulling open blinds to see sun on a day you thought was gray rather than an immediate jump from a slow tune to a super folky fast-paced jam—though each album contains both.
PHOTO FROM RAZORCAKEGORSKY YOUTUBE, 2012.
If you only have time for the essentials, I’d recommend “Catfish,” “Bathtub,” and “I Think I Love You” for a few love-longing melancholy moments; “La Loose,” “Brother Bryan,” and “Under a Rock” to jam out a bit; and “<,” “Air,” and “Blue Part II” to get back to middle ground. Crutchfield has a way of combining lyrics that convey, in her words, “a spinning emotional kaleidoscope of desire and rejection, adoration and anger, hope and despair,” with chords that tinge the overall feel with more hope than despair, and that even make you want to dance.
After their visit to the Mothlight, Waxahatchee will continue touring the Southern and Midwestern states until stopping at the Gridlock Festival in Halifax, Canada from July 8-10.
Tickets for June 7th are $12 in advance, doors open at 8:30. Start listening below.