The new Waxahatchee record, Cerulean Salt, is now available to stream on NPR's First Listen and is set to be released on March 5 on Don Giovanni Records. Katie Crutchfield, of P.S. Eliot fame and Allison Crutchfield twindom, is the woman behind the music, though the release features contributions from several members of the band Swearin'. Cerulean Salt is the second record Katie Crutchfield has released under this moniker, following up the astoundingly gorgeous and sonically uncomplicated American Weekend. After a few spins of her latest effort, we can already tell that Crutchfield has accomplished a deeper level of songcraft and production quality, while remaining true to her lo-fi, youthful roots that recall long nights, basement parties, and teenage heartache. It is a lovely, unantagonistic thirty minutes.
Both Waxahatchee and Swearin' will be playing at 285 Kent on Thursday night at the Indie Pop Prom, along with The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Weed Hounds, and Potty Mouth. Yours truly will be covering the event, so check in on Friday for a full recap of the show.
In addition to Crutchfield's album, you can tune in to First Listen to stream new releases from Youth Lagoon and Chelsea Light Moving.