February 21, 2013

Hear New Sound: Waxahatchee's "Coast to Coast"

Cerulean Salt, the buzzed about sophomore effort from ex-P.S. Eliot member Katie Crutchfield a.k.a. Waxahatchee is already experiencing heavy rotation here in AS' corner despite it not officially arriving until March 5th via Don Giovanni. The latest offering of emotive dialogues sprung from Crutchfield's life steps outside the bedroom sound of last year's debut American Weekend and into accessibility's reach with help from her Swearin' sister, Alison, and Alison's bandmate / beau, Kyle Gilbridge. Our latest preview "Coast to Coast" is one of the album’s most apparent standouts thanks to its punchy tempo and undeniably catchy fuzz pop hook heralding a modern slant on indie-emo's golden era. The more AS ponders it, Crutchfield's ascent shares a lot of duality with the early rise of Chris Carrabba and Dashboard Confessional a decade ago, given that her status as a heart-on-her-sleeve underground punk cult fav could transcend into audio affection with every dejected college girl's dorm room playlist. It isn't as physically intense as say, Ceremony or Iceage, but songs like "Coast to Coast" are proving to be not so much of a bad thing in the face of the scene's last few years where bro'd up sounds and vaguely-worded musings have dominated. Get from here to there with Waxahatchee below...

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