Waxahatchee — née Katie Crutchfield — has announced plans to release her third full-length LP. Produced by Crutchfield and frequent collaborators Kyle Gilbride and Keith Spencer (who also play in Swearin’ with Katie’s twin sister, Allison), the follow-up to 2013’s Cerulean Salt is her first release via her new label, Merge (though Wichita will release it internationally). Crutchfield also dropped the album’s lead single, a bass drum-heavy anthem titled “Air.”
Of the album’s title, Crutchfield revealed in a press release that Ivy Tripp is “really just a term I made up for directionless-ness, specifically of the 20-something, 30-something, 40-something of today, lacking regard for the complaisant life path of our parents and grandparents. I have thought of it like this: Cerulean Salt is a solid and Ivy Tripp is a gas.”
She went on:
My life has changed a lot in the last two years, and it’s been hard for me to process my feelings other than by writing songs. I think a running theme [of Ivy Tripp] is steadying yourself on shaky ground and reminding yourself that you have control in situations that seem overwhelming, or just being cognizant in moments of deep confusion or sadness, and learning to really feel emotions and to grow from that… I heard someone say that you have to be the change you want to see. I just want to be the kind of musician I want to see in the world. I want to present myself in a way that reflects that.
Listen to “Air” below, and look out for Ivy Tripp on April 7.