WAXAHATCHee

Out in The Storm

UNCUT - - New Albums - peTer WATTs

MerGe 8/10 ex­cel­lent of­fer­ing from gifted song­writer katie crutchfield With the ter­rific grunge-pop of “No Ques­tion” and syn­thy tragic cen­tre­piece “Re­cite Re­morse”, this fourth al­bum is an­other step for­ward for Wax­hatchee, who have ex­panded on their lo-fi ori­gins with­out ever los­ing that pow­er­ful sense of self provided by song­writer and band leader Katie Crutchfield. Al­li­son, Katie’s twin sis­ter, who re­cently re­leased her ex­cel­lent solo de­but Tourist In This Town, also con­trib­utes here – and also fea­tures in the lyrics of gor­geous reverie “Sparks Fly” – but this is Katie’s show. Songs are steeped in creep­ing ’90s gui­tar with earcatch­ing lyrics, plus a sense of vi­brancy that comes from the fact Crutchfield re­ally does have some­thing to say.

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