Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt

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There's been some talk about this on different threads, so I figured it might as well get its own.

I really like this record! Like someone wrote, channeling early Liz Phair, and I might add sisters Hersh/Donnelly at their more harmonic. Plus maybe a touch of Athens, Ga. It's very 90s, in the best sense. Not particularly original, but very good.


Mule, Friday, 13 September 2013 10:47 (four years ago) Permalink

I liked it. I haven't heard it much since spring though. I liked her performance at Pitchfork too

first I think it's time I kick a little verse! (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 13 September 2013 11:11 (four years ago) Permalink

I also like this record a lot, but haven't spent quite enough time with it yet to know why.

the vineyards where the grapes of corporate rock are stored (cryptosicko), Friday, 13 September 2013 14:10 (four years ago) Permalink

i love it

Mordy , Friday, 13 September 2013 14:18 (four years ago) Permalink

thought about starting a combination waxahatchee/swearin' thread the other day, guess i'll just start a swearin' thread on its own

this record is very good tho

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Friday, 13 September 2013 15:55 (four years ago) Permalink

Swearin', that's the sister, right? Haven't heard it yet. Will check out.

Mule, Friday, 13 September 2013 18:24 (four years ago) Permalink

I like it pretty well, gives me more of a K Recs / Kill Rock Stars vibe, Lois Maffeo and stuff like that. Moreso than Liz Phair. But yeah in any case very '90s. Gonna check out Swearin'.

dmr, Friday, 13 September 2013 19:30 (four years ago) Permalink

oh this is a new album ... American Weekend is the one I've heard

dmr, Friday, 13 September 2013 19:30 (four years ago) Permalink

it's making me want to listen to the Spinanes so that's good I think

dmr, Friday, 13 September 2013 19:33 (four years ago) Permalink

I like it but something's keeping me from really liking it. I don't know. Maybe it's that Tanya Donelly, Kristin Hersh, Juliana Hatfield et al all have new music that's getting maybe 1/10 the attention

katherine, Friday, 13 September 2013 20:08 (four years ago) Permalink

Yeah, just checked out American Weekend yesterday and that one gives me a slightly different vibe. YThe k records link seems aapt. liked that one too, but didn't quite hit the spot like the new one did. But will listen more.


Mule, Saturday, 14 September 2013 08:51 (four years ago) Permalink

y'all owe it to yourselves to check out p.s. eliot

emo canon in twee major (BradNelson), Saturday, 14 September 2013 14:55 (four years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Finally checked out P.S.Eliot. Great stuff!

Mule, Saturday, 27 September 2014 19:16 (three years ago) Permalink

three months pass...


Mordy, Monday, 12 January 2015 20:58 (three years ago) Permalink

Sounds like the new record might be a little different from the previous two. But I've liked everything she's done so far. Have also noticed that I've liked a lot of stuff coming out of/through Philadelphia recently...though I guess both Crutchfields have since moved to New York.

...J, Tuesday, 13 January 2015 21:13 (three years ago) Permalink

one month passes...
one month passes...

New album streaming on NPR for some regions (not mine):


That shit right there is precedented. (cryptosicko), Monday, 30 March 2015 12:26 (three years ago) Permalink

really like the new one, it's giving me some major 90s indie nostalgia

ciderpress, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 03:10 (three years ago) Permalink

Great article. Love the new album. I don't see it as being as good as Cerulean Salt, but it does seem like a grower, so maybe it will get there for me in time.

Fatalist AmandaPalmistry (irrational), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 17:33 (three years ago) Permalink

wait i might like this one better than cerulean salt!

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:10 (three years ago) Permalink

the sound of it is... more open? idk if that makes sense. sonically it reminds me of the p.s. eliot records

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:11 (three years ago) Permalink

This album is often a stone bore and I'm trying to figure out if it's her melodic sense or if the songs suffer from malnourishment.

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:17 (three years ago) Permalink

wait i made that claim before i got to the second half which gets very... flimsy.

gonna listen to p.s. eliot

insufficiently familiar with xgau's work to comment intelligently (BradNelson), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:48 (three years ago) Permalink

better off listening to T.S. Eliot imo

The burrito of ennui (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:51 (three years ago) Permalink

it feels like an album of demos that never got fleshed out

call all destroyer, Wednesday, 15 April 2015 18:55 (three years ago) Permalink

idk I love this album

courtney barnett formula (seandalai), Thursday, 23 April 2015 23:56 (three years ago) Permalink

agree with cad but sounding like demos isn't really a negative for me in this case. i used to be a die-hard gbv fan so i've already bought into the 'just throw down a verse and a chorus or 2 and then move on' approach to songwriting

ciderpress, Friday, 24 April 2015 02:50 (three years ago) Permalink

There's this annoying thing she does that sounds like she's unnecessarily pausing for breath in the middle of a phrase, kinda kills the song when it happens, her vocal lines sound ponderous more often than not.

Matt DC, Friday, 24 April 2015 13:14 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

The p4k review of the p.s. Eliot reissue brought me back to that first p.s. Eliot album for the first time in awhile, goddamn this is great stuff. This record is basically what I wish pop punk sounded like. It's so loose but stuffed with hooks.

carly reagan jepsen (2011nostalgia), Thursday, 8 September 2016 06:05 (one year ago) Permalink

two months pass...


Treeship, Monday, 5 December 2016 12:39 (one year ago) Permalink

old song. just, you know, good.

Treeship, Monday, 5 December 2016 12:40 (one year ago) Permalink

four months pass...

I've liked her in the past, but her records always end up being kind of ephemeral for me. This sounds a lot brighter, bigger and poppier than her older stuff, though, and I think its pretty great:


some sad trombone Twilight Zone shit (cryptosicko), Friday, 21 April 2017 17:28 (one year ago) Permalink

yeah this is great

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 21 April 2017 18:25 (one year ago) Permalink

her sister's new album is really good - I've seen reviews talking about the use of synths etc but to me it sounds like a throwback indie singer-songwriter album

boxedjoy, Friday, 21 April 2017 22:05 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

that ep of early recordings from last year is incredible

Treeship, Saturday, 13 May 2017 16:55 (one year ago) Permalink

I've been listening to all three of her albums recently. Much better than I think people realize.

Treeship, Saturday, 13 May 2017 17:06 (one year ago) Permalink

Like, ivy tripp holds up after a quadrillion replays.

Treeship, Saturday, 13 May 2017 17:09 (one year ago) Permalink

ya, i'm stoked abt the new album too

he not like the banana (Stevie D(eux)), Saturday, 13 May 2017 17:15 (one year ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...


New single out and it totally rules

josh az (2011nostalgia), Wednesday, 7 June 2017 04:38 (one year ago) Permalink


niels, Wednesday, 7 June 2017 17:52 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This new one is streaming on NPR first listen and on my first listen it is their best record, or at least the best since the P.S. Eliot Sadie record which was just dynamite.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 15:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

This is great ^ thanks

Unchanging Window (Ross), Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:10 (eleven months ago) Permalink

ditto - love this. on my third listen.

Mordy, Tuesday, 11 July 2017 18:37 (eleven months ago) Permalink

this is really good, and i wasn't prior a Waxahatchee fan

sean gramophone, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 00:39 (eleven months ago) Permalink

Love it. A step up from the last record for sure.

husked, tonal wails (irrational), Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:41 (eleven months ago) Permalink

was never a huge fan before, but this new one shook me to my core

austinb, Wednesday, 12 July 2017 23:52 (eleven months ago) Permalink

"no question" rules

reggie (qualmsley), Monday, 17 July 2017 19:51 (eleven months ago) Permalink

As does "Hear You"

josh az (2011nostalgia), Tuesday, 18 July 2017 05:05 (eleven months ago) Permalink

The single is terrific but the album as a whole is just so rote and straight down the line. I give every album a dutiful listen because there's the kernel of something great in there but she's really hampered by a lack of musical imagination.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 18 July 2017 07:13 (eleven months ago) Permalink

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