Waxahatchee 

American Weekend

An old friend of mine had a playlist called "SLEEP," though I don't think it ever worked, maybe because she was missing Waxahatchee. The solo folk act also known as Katie Crutchfield is a good soundtrack to being under covers, lying in bed. More than lullabies, American Weekend is full of songs about getting married at 15, blurry nights and bathtubs, all delivered with a wistful young voice and a few lightly strummed chords.

click to enlarge arts_noise3-1.jpg

But there's a tendency to mistake sleepy for boring, which is not the case. Check out this line, which came as a surprise halfway through the album: "We'll buy beer to shotgun, we'll lay in the lawn..." Get those power chords out of your head, punk; the song is delivered through excited high chords played like she just discovered them. Plus a tambourine. A totally awesome and necessary tambourine. The album ends with a piano and some of her strongest vocals when she sings: "I have Waxahatchee Creek ... and we'll never speak again."

Waxahatchee plays Zoo City Apparel Sun., July 8, at 8 PM. $5.

  • Email
  • Print

More by Brooks Johnson

  • In the pines

    Aran Buzzas' MacDonald Pass shines with humor
    • Apr 30, 2015
  • Sleater-Kinney

    No Cities to Love
    • Jan 29, 2015
  • Cure for terrible

    The Decemberists return with the stunning World
    • Jan 22, 2015
  • More »

© 2016 Missoula News/Independent Publishing | Powered by Foundation