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Waxahatchee returns on a gray morning

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Katie Crutchfield is indie rock’s premier balladeer of the morning after, when you’re forced to face the ghosts of last night. Her songs almost sound like they were meant to be played on a Monday (dirty rain optional) when nothing’s going your way because nothing can match weekend highs—which makes today ideal for the return of her project Waxahatchee.

Like her best songs, the new Waxahatchee single “Air,” from the upcoming Ivy Tripp, recognizes that we do, in fact, have to get up and face the world—whether we want to or not. Drums build steadily throughout the song while a chorus of Crutchfields hum in the background and try to build listeners back up from the drudgery of another gray morning. Emotion-deprived twentysomethings need all the help they can get.

“My life has changed a lot in the last two years, and it’s been hard for me to process my feelings other than by writing songs,” Crutchfield said in a press release. “I think a running theme [of Ivy Tripp] is steadying yourself on shaky ground and reminding yourself that you have control in situations that seem overwhelming, or just being cognizant in moments of deep confusion or sadness, and learning to really feel emotions and to grow from that.”

Crutchfield’s songwriting chops have been apparent since her 2012 debut, American Weekend, and 2013’s Cerulean Salt saw her refine the tunes with cleaner production without leaving behind their bedroom atmosphere. If “Air” is any indication, Ivy Tripp will continue this upward trend. The tracklist (available for perusal on iTunes) shows that songs are slightly longer than the one-to-two minute breezes of Cerulean Salt. According to a press release, drums for the album were recorded in “in the gym of a local elementary school” in Long Island. Bigger than a bedroom, then, but no fewer ghosts.

Crutchfield also announced a thorough tour, starting in Europe before coming to America in April. Though Waxahatchee (named for a creek near Crutchfield’s childhood Alabama home) is a solo project, Crutchfield will be accompanied by a full band on tour, one that includes her twin sister Allison on guitar, keys and backup vocals.

Ivy Tripp is out April 7 via Merge Records. Preorders come with a limited-edition autographed poster.

Waxahatchee on tour:

Jan 26 London, UK — St. Pancras Church

Jan 28 Paris, FR — L’Espace B

Jan 31 Brussels, B — Botanique

Feb 1 Amsterdam, NL — Paradiso

Feb 4 Berlin, DE — Monarch

May 23 Dresden, DE — Beatpol

Apr 7 Washington, DC — The Black Cat ^

Apr 8 Philadelphia, PA — Union Transfer ^ %

Apr 9 Brooklyn, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg ^ %

Apr 10 Harrisonburg, VA — Clementine ^

Apr 11 Carrboro, NC — Cat’s Cradle Backroom ^

Apr 12 Asheville, NC — The Mothlight ^

Apr 13 Atlanta, GA — Drunken Unicorn ^

Apr 15 Birmingham, AL — The Bottletree ^

Apr 16 Gainesville, FL — The Wooly ^

Apr 17 Tallahassee, FL — Club Down Under ^

Apr 18 Pensacola, FL — Vinyl Music Hall ^

Apr 19 New Orleans, LA — Gasa Gasa ^

Apr 20 Houston, TX — Walters Downtown ^

Apr 21 Austin, TX — Red 7 ^

Apr 22 Denton, TX — Rubber Gloves ^

Apr 24 Albuquerque, NM — Sister %

Apr 25 Phoenix, AZ — Valley Bar %

Apr 26 San Diego, CA — The Casbah %

Apr 28 Los Angeles, CA — The Roxy %

Apr 29 San Francisco, CA — Great American Music Hall %

May 1 Portland, OR — Doug Fir %

May 2 Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret %

May 3 Seattle, WA — The Crocodile %

May 6 Minneapolis, MN — Triple Rock Social Club %

May 7 Chicago, IL — Empty Bottle %

May 8 Chicago, IL — The Beat Kitchen %

May 9 Detroit, MI — UFO %

May 10 Toronto, ON — The Garrison %

May 11 Montreal, QC — Bar Le Ritz PDB %

May 12 Burlington, VT — The Monkey House %

May 13 Boston, MA — The Sinclair %

May 14 East Greenwich, RI — Greenwich Odeum %

Jun 8 Koln, DE — Blue Shell

Jun 10 London, UK — Electric Ballroom

Jun 11 Bristol, UK — The Fleece

Jun 12 Manchester, UK — The Ruby Lounge

Jun 13 Dublin, IR — Button Factory

Jun 14 Belfast, UK — McHughs

Jun 15 Glasgow, UK — Stereo

Jun 16 Newcastle, UK — The Cluny

Jun 17 Leeds, UK — The Brudenell Social Club

Jun 18 Sheffield, UK — The Harley

Jun 19 Southampton, UK — Joiners

Jun 20 Brighton, UK — Bleach

^ = w/ The Goodbye Party

% = w/ Girlpool