Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

Last year, Waxahatchee, the soul-baring punk band led by former P.S. Eliot member Katie Crutchfield, released the excellent and slept-on American Weekend, a debut album full of acoustic songs intense enough to burn your face off. Next month, she’ll follow it up with Cerulean Salt, a full-band album that’s already sounding to me like one of the year’s best. We’ve already posted the early track “Peace And Quiet,” and now here’s “Coast To Coast,” a bouncy and emotive punk song that starts to show Crutchfield’s songwriting range. Listen below.

Cerulean Salt is out 3/5 on Don Giovanni.

Tour Dates

2/28 Brooklyn, NY @ 285 Kent (w/ Swearin’, Pains of Being Pure At Heart)
3/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Golden Tea Haus (Record Release Show w/ Swearin’)
3/2-Washington, DC @ Casa Fiesta
3/3-Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse
3/3-Asheville, NC @ Murder Basement
3/7-Atlanta, GA @ Wonderroot
3/8-Birmingham, AL @ The Forge
3/10-New Orleans, LA
3/11 -San Antonio, TX
3/12-3/15 SXSW

Comments (1)
  1. Cerulean Salt has been on heavy rotation in my ears over the past week, and this is definitely one of the album’s most apparent standouts, thanks to the assist from her Swearin’ sister and potentially future-bro-in-law. However — I’m torn about how I feel about Waxahatchee and her music from a critique standpoint. Cerulean Salt is still very bare bones despite the kick up in production and expanding some of the tracks to a band effort. It started to remind me of Dashboard Confessional’s ascent from being an underground emo-punk cult darling to music that every sorority girl in college would blare from their dorms because of its broken-heart lyrics and simple acoustic sound. You can have the tattoos, the initial foundational punk scene and critical cred, but I’m looking at this in evolutionary terms, and as much as I enjoy it (maybe because of how bare and simple it is in the face of years of punk being very harsh and unthoughtful with its words,) it’s very standard acoustic and slightly-pop-punk-tinged where a lot of the weight behind its growing success is because of how the words say more than the music itself.

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