words by ross jones
photo by jesse riggins
Katie Crutchfield’s music has consistently evoked a wonderful sense of wisdom thats been developed from forthright personal learning. Through the breakthrough of Cerulean Salt to 2015’s brazen Ivy Tripp, Crutchfield has offered letters on love, growing up and moving on, hand-in-hand gestures that helped us to take that next step in understanding ourselves as she herself explored what it means to simply be. With new record Out In The Storm, Crutchfield is seemingly documenting a leap after landing on both feet having returned to find herself again. As new single “Silver” suggests, its another bold and wonderfully unenclosed portrait of identity and understanding.
A blurry rush of a track, “Silver” glows with distortion and the warming harmonies of reminiscence, yet is very much about whats next, stepping from the overwhelming stress of the past into the unknown anxieties of the future. Crutchfield has the stunning ability to be able to define when something close and previously comforting no longer carries such affection, “Your kiss on my lips, starts to feel unfamiliar / the part of your eyes, my skin all turned silver” It’s devastatingly intimate, emptying and implacable to hear, and there’s no doubt that that’s how it feels. Listen to “Silver” below.
“Out In The Storm” is released July 17, via Merge
Pre-order it here