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Ivy Tripp is the third album by Waxahatchee and follows on from 2013's critically acclaimed Cerulean Salt.
Recorded and engineered by Kyle Gilbride of Wherever Audio at Crutchfield’s home on New York’s Long Island—with drums recorded in the gym of a local elementary school—Ivy Tripp presents a more developed and aged version of Waxahatchee. “The title 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.”
Crutchfield is accompanied by both Gilbride and Keith Spencer on Ivy Tripp, and the record was produced by all three of them. With the addition of more guitar work, piano, drum machines, and Crutchfield’s vocals in full bloom, we are given a record that feels more emphatic and pronounced. Ivy Tripp opens with “Breathless,” filled with only a distorted keyboard and layers of vocals, showcasing Waxahatchee’s penchant for quiet, personal reflection. The record then opens up into “Under a Rock,” a quicker guitar-driven song that lays the foundation for the rest of the album, which as a whole resonates with strong, self-aware lyrics, energetic ballads, and powerfully hushed moments of solitude. Crutchfield’s voice is certainly the guiding force behind Ivy Tripp—commanding and voluminous in the rock song “Poison,” candied and pure in the frolicking “La Loose”—gripping you tightly and then softly releasing you into the wilds of emotion.
As far as her goals with Ivy Tripp, Crutchfield says, “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.”
Praise for Ivy Tripp:
'Ivy Tripp is an album you’ll want to spend a lot of time with’ Album Of The Week, 4/5 Time Out
‘One of the finest young songwriters in America’ Album of the Month, 8/10 Loud & Quiet
‘Ivy Tripp is a complicated, slow-burning wonder’ 4/5 Mojo
‘Ivy Tripp maintains a sense of sincerity throughout’ 4/5 The Guardian
‘Ivy Tripp finds Katie Crutchfield as wounded as ever, but she’s putting up one hell of a fight”’8/10 NME
‘Utterly addictive… Anyone with a soft spot for the mid 1990’s work of Liz Phair, Juliana Hatfield, Cat Power or Tanya Donelly will want to take this Tripp’ The Sunday Times
*‘The familiarity of Ivy Tripp breeds disquiet, rather than contempt, its surface cracking like thin ice, revealing its depths’ *4/5 Q Magazine
'The songs are impeccably written... An absolute triumph of a record' 4/5 DIY
‘Ivy Tripp is a warm, emotional, crushingly melodic album, and it does things to your heart that indie rock albums rarely even try to do anymore’ Stereogum
‘Crutchfield is just getting started, and it's exciting to hear a young voice rising so assuredly above the fray, one you can imagine inspiring kids years from now and inspiring them to pick up guitars and sing and take control of their direction, too’ 8.1 Pitchfork