Waxahatchee, the one-woman project of Katie Crutchfield, hit the scene in low-key fashion in 2012 with a record of lo-fi bedroom gems entitled American Weekend that quietly made it onto several critics’ best-of lists. The record’s raw production couldn’t mask the obvious talent Crutchfield has for writing accessible, confessional songs punctuated by her unique voice and phrasing. “Catfish”, on both that record and streaming above, is one of many examples of that, an earworm that also has something to say. American Weekend represented a transitional period for Crutchfield, who had just left she and her sister Allison’s band P.S. Eliot. She recorded the record in her parents’ bedroom in Birmingham, Alabama (her hometown).
Its newly-released follow-up, Cerulean Salt, was still recorded at home — this time in Crutchfield’s Philadelphia basement — but it is a well-produced, good-sounding record that flatters Crutchfield’s voice and her talents much more effectively than American Weekend could have hoped to. Deservedly, Stereogum just named it their Album of the Week.
This set at Music Hall of Williamsburg as part of the Don Giovanni Records showcase was originally supposed to feature a band, but the night’s blizzard made that impossible. Instead, we got a nine-song solo set that proved that Crutchfield’s songs can stand on their own, even live in a fairly large room. The set previewed four songs from Cerulean Salt – “Hollow Bedroom”, “Blue Pt. II”, “Swan Dive” and “You’re Damaged”, and as such, in cooperation Don Giovanni, we are releasing this set to coincide with the release of Cerulean Salt, which hit stores this Tuesday. It is an excellent record, and one that we think will introduce Waxahatchee to a much broader audience.
I recorded this set with an excellent soundboard feed from the house engineer, Jim plus MBHO KA200N cardiod microphones. Due to a particularly noisy audience and a quiet set, this recording is mostly the soundboard feed. Some DI noise and hiss were present, which were mostly eliminated with software editing. The final product I think will be a favorite. Enjoy!
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Music Hall of Williamsburg
Brooklyn, NY USA
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Soundboard (engineer: Jim) + MBHO KA200N>MBP603>>Roland R-26>2x24bit/48kHz WAV>Adobe Audition CS 5.5 (noise reduction on SBD, align, amplify, mix down)>Izotope Ozone 5 (tape effect on SBD)>Audacity 3.0 (set fades, tracking, parallel compression, amplify, balance)>FLAC ( level 8 )
Tracks [Please note: Some track titles will need to fixed in the actual file set, as the set was tagged and tracked before the new record came out.]
01 Hollow Bedroom
03 Grass Stain
04 Blue Pt. 2
06 Swan Dive
08 I Think I Love You
09 You’re Damaged