Waxahatchee's Saint Cloud Arrived Just in the Nick of Time

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By Kelly Dearmore
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When Waxahatchee’s Saint Cloud was released on March 27, 2020, it was impossible for Katie Crutchfield to know just how impactful - how comforting - her latest musical creation would become. Like every other tour, Waxahatchee’s 29-date trek behind her fifth record was postponed, just as people around the globe implemented terms such as “curbside” and “contact tracing” into their daily vocabularies. That left her to promote the new album via Instagram livestream performances.
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Saint Cloud was introduced to the world on time. Or, more accurately, it was offered to us just in the nick of time.
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Featuring a warmly textured sonic palette, Saint Cloud provides longtime Crutchfield acolytes with a fresh direction to follow after the four punk-forward releases that preceded it. Crutchfield’s soulful Alabama twang soars over rootsy arrangements in a way that’s both lilting and forceful. It’s a perfect backdrop for lyrics that delve into her struggles with addiction and recovery, as well as finding solace and stability in new love and a refreshed sense of self.

This stirring 11-track LP serves listeners with an uncompromised look through Crutchfield’s own vision. Such colorfully vivid songs about an authentically lived life, especially when filtered through the uncertain lens of “the new normal” make Saint Cloud a record as bold and stunning as it is heartening and comforting.
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Bandbox is excited to offer Saint Cloud on translucent blue/red vinyl! This exclusive pressing is limited to 1,000 copies and comes with a 16-page, full-color Waxahatchee zine featuring Katie's guide to Saint Cloud, rare photos and more.
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Photo: Molly Matalon