Monday, February 20, 2012

Album Review: American Weekend


Title:  American Weekend (Don Giovanni Records, Amazon, iTunes)
Artist:  Waxahatchee (Facebook, Last.fm, Tumblr, Twitter)

American Weekend is a sparse and stark record driven by an acoustic guitar and the breathy voice of Katie Crutchfield (who released this album under the name Waxahatchee).  The recording itself has a decidedly lo-fi feel to it, which is probably the result of the fact that the recorded was recorded during a snowstorm last winter.  The songs themselves are dark and desperate and played with the zeal of someone trying to get out her message with her last breath.  There is a passion to this record that is real, yet fraught with doubt and self-loathing.  And while this is a simple acoustic record, I’m having a hard time finding anything to really compare it to.  Ninebullets.net made references to Lou Barlow and Bruce Springsteen’s Nebraska in their review, and while I can hear hints of both, I can’t help but think of The Moldy Peaches “Anyone Else But You,” even though I know that’s a bad comparison. 

Thanks to PunkNews.org and Ninebullets.net for the find.  

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