Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
Katie Crutchfield presents us with Waxahatchee's second album Cerluean Salt. The album is low-fi, acoustic and vocal heavy. It's the album that I wouldn't usually listen to, but she has me coming back to it because I'm intrigued with her blend of fuzzy sweet sadness. The album has that sad feeling of failure woven into it's sound, it's wonderful vocal heavy sound where Katie's vocals can really shine, and they add to the low-fi 90's feel that the album carries from beginning to end. But it's this sound that proves to be difficult at points. Sometimes it can be too much, it can become too familiar and it wears a little thin on tracks like "Lips and Limbs" which I feel that the track doesn't really get my attention, and that's always been my problem with this type of music. It's underlying problem, for me, is that I've heard it all way too much before. However, the album really glows, it does so in a timid and vulnerable way, but it is great in places, such as "Blue Pt. II" which is so bare and stripped back instrumentally, and with the minimal soft vocal production, it becomes something beautiful. "Brother Bryan" is another strong song on the album, again, it is minimal with just a bass and bare elements of a drum kit. In contrast to these songs you have "Coast to Coast" which has a fuller sound, a sound that the album needs and welcomes. "Misery over Dispute" carries a really fuzzy guitar tone and "Swan Dive" carries a really indie and jangly guitar tone, but the changes between sounds, seem to fit. Overall, the album can be pleasant in it's woe, but it's issue is that it can become burdened by the softer sounds over the thirteen tracks. It still makes for an enjoyable listen, it can just be one that can become slightly stale in the odd place.