New Music Monday: Waxahatchee’s “Ivy Tripp” Waxes on Growth
starts with a buzz, although that buzz is really a call to attention. You’d
better listen up, because Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield has quite a bit to
say on her third album. The sound on Ivy
Tripp is poppier, and its subject matter is just as poetic as ever. But
most of all, the album is more polished than its predecessors, which signals
growth from the 26-year-old talent.
Crutchfield’s first effort
as Waxahatchee was American Weekend,
a 2012 lo-fi bedroom album full of grit and emotion. It caught attention from
critics and was named one of the best albums of the year. Her next album, Cerulean Salt, added Swearin’ members
Keith Spence and Kyle Gilbride to the lineup. The second album discussed the
fleeting nature of youth and innocence, and jumpstarted Waxahatchee’s rise into
the national spotlight.
is the natural progression from Cerulean
Salt, and it shows in the music. The tracks retain the whimsical atmosphere
of Crutchfield’s previous compositions, but somehow they’re more refined, or at
least more organized than before. If American
Weekend was the trial and Cerulean
Salt was the standard package, then Ivy
Tripp is the update. It’s got all the bells and whistles that make the
Waxahatchee experience that much sweeter. And yet, it still feels as real as
Crutchfield’s voice is
supplanted by a dreamy reverb as she sings not of love or growth, but of the
strange feelings that pervade in the process. There’s emptiness (“<”),
escape (“Half Moon”), and ephemeral feelings (“La Loose”, “Stale by Noon”). The
lyrics are supplanted by head-nodding instrumentations smacking of ‘90s indie
rock, but there’s a buzz present which keeps the adrenaline of the album high. The
point of coming down is at the end, where on “Bonfire” Crutchfield sums up the
album: “The speed of light’s over your head / Moving through night, faces you’ll
forget.” From here, the album fades out on a lingering guitar note, which gives
the listener a moment of reflection before reality sweeps them off of their
This mentality of being in
constant motion isn’t relegated to one age group. Twentysomethings feel it,
thirtysomethings feel it, and even boomers feel it from time to time. And
because Ivy Tripp is a testament to
life’s constant flux instead of the act of growth, the message behind the music
speaks to a wider range of people. It is certainly a more mature album, in any
case. Crutchfield doesn’t let go of her youthfulness, but she does concede that
it won’t last forever. (Ʃ)
It’s cool that Star Wars is coming back, mostly because that means more public appearances from Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog, Gary.
The adorable pup makes a pretty good Princess Leia himself, and has captured the hearts of Fishers’ co-stars like Daisy Ridley. Carrie and Gary appeared at the Star Wars Celebration together and he is a natural on the red carpet.
Gary is a therapy dog that helps Fisher deal with her bi-polar disorder. “Gary is mental also. My mother says Gary is a hooligan. Gary is like my heart,” Fisher told The Herald Tribune. “Gary is very devoted to me and that calms me down. He’s anxious when he’s away from me.”
Nepotism doesn’t have to be a bad thing. Just because Gary’s human was one of the original three doesn’t mean he should be denied the opportunity to run around the forest with Ewoks. No one should be denied that.
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It’s cool that Star Wars is coming back, mostly because that means more public appearances from Carrie Fisher’s French bulldog, Gary
The adorable pup makes a pretty good Princess Leia himself, and has captured the hearts of Fishers’ co-stars like Daisy Ridley. Carrie and Gary appeared at the Star Wars Celebration together and he is a natural on the red carpet
In the three weeks I spent listening to Ivy Tripp, winter started turning into spring. The changing of the seasons parallels the album nicely, as it is a transitional work. The history of Waxachatchee traces back to her debut American Weekend, an album released in 2010, full of emotional fragility and intimacy. The sophomore follows up Cerulean Salt released in 2013, maintains Crutchfeild’s deep personal core while also expanding into a full band. Both Gilbride and Keith Spencer accompany Crutchfield on Ivy Tripp, and the record was produced by all three of them. Crutchfield expansion in sound gives way to her vulnerability while also delivering a 90’s influence. Ivy Tripp is Katie Crutchfeild of Waxahatchee’s third full-length and first major album on Merge Records. Ivy Tripp maintains intimacy demonstrated on Crutchfeild first albums while also expanding into a sonic palette of more ethereal territory. Instead of concentrating her poetic phrasing on a particular relationship such as her debut American Weekend, Crutchfield takes the opportunity to find the exact right phrasing within a wider range of emotion. The new song “Air” off of Ivy Tripp fills a roomier, darker sound threw its ominous verse and more uplifting chorus. “Air” is about being with a good person but knowing that it’s not going to work: “And you patiently giving me/everything that I will never need”. Every question, every infuriating moment of feeling both lost in space and drowning in another person, leads to this song. Crutchfeild’s gorgeous language, etched across the song-and album of equally lovely patchwork, as rich and bittersweet as the fall woods that grace the cover. Crutchfield crafts a record that runs the range of human emotion without setting into any one lane. Ivy Tripp takes down the forth wall between performer and listener. On the track “<” Waxahatchee embraces a fragile, gusty honesty. The drums layer each other in the discord, Crutchfeild repeats the refrain, and “you are less than me/I am nothing.” It is a dark moment on an album full of tranquil reflectiveness. This reflectiveness, along with a constant state of wonder, make Ivy Tripp so personal, and at the same time relatable. Ivy Tripp is an inventive production, almost a sculptural work that fills a genre completely of Waxahatchee’s own
Every queen (even the Mother of Dragons) needs a decoy to help do her bidding. Likewise, Emilia Clarke needs a Daenerys body double.
Metro UK reports that actress and model Rosie Mac has taken on the task for the fifth season of Game of Thrones, and her selfies show that Mac is a dead ringer for Emilia Clarke. It’s like The Parent Trap, but in Westeros.
Lexi is not okay with the fact that no one will play with her and she has no problem letting people know.
She isn’t so much a dog whining, she’s a sophisticated vehicle of discontent. Her moan is unwavering. The problem only with her strategy is that her whine is so remarkably consistent that people forget it’s there. It’s just part of life, like crickets lulling you to sleep at night.
Lexi, throw in a bark sometimes if you want to get your way. Let your humans know they have an uncertain future if they don’t behave.
Bishop Guertin opens strong with win over Manchester Central
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Kate Bradford and Cara Broderick recorded hat tricks, while Olivia Koutsos chipped in with two goals and one assist.
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