Waxahatchee: Acoustic in Poland
There is something special about an intimate, acoustic performance in an old but still working shipyard. If you’d like to know what, you should watch this Waxahatchee footage from Poland.
Out in the Storm, Katie Crutchfield’s fourth album as Waxhatachee, is one of the indie rock highlights of the year. Released in July through Merge, it’s her most autobiographical and honest album to date, and many critics claim that it’s also her best record yet. It features 10 straightforward and powerful songs.
Inspired by an unhealthy relationship, Crutchfield recorded stories that are both cathartic and moving, angry and sad. What’s more, the power of this album is underlined by its full sound, which was recorded mostly live with the whole band, under the direction of producer John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth).
During summer and fall, Waxahatchee went on tour, visiting the U.S. and Europe with a full band. Crutchfield definitely managed to project the unapologetic and energetic spirit of the album live. During one of the European dates at Polish Soundrive Festival, we recorded Waxahatchee’s performance.
The performance was filmed in a shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, known because of the events that led to collapse of Communism across Eastern Europe. The industrial surroundings helped highlight the rawness of this songs.
Despite the undeniable strength of the album, there’s something captivating in hearing just Katie and her guitar. Watch live renditions of “Chapel of Pines,” “Downtown’s Lights” (a Kevin Morby cover), “Sparks Fly,” “A Little More” and “Fade.”
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