Waxahatchee first emerged as a songwriting force in the indie rock world when Katie Crutchfield, the artist behind the project, holed up in an Alabama bedroom for a week and recorded the lo-fi debut American Weekend. Since then, the project has continuously grown, with Crutchfield’s tender and searching words remaining a constant as Waxahatchee shifted to bigger sounds at times lush and at times fierce.

On new song “Lilacs,” Crutchfield continues that pattern with a contemplative-but-driven attempt at personal growth. The second single from Waxahatchee’s upcoming album Saint Cloud, out March 27 via Merge Records, “Lilacs” shows the band leaning deeper into Americana roots that have only been hinted at in previous releases.

“‘Lilacs’ was the last song I wrote for the record, and it’s mostly just about obsessive/negative thought patterns,” says Crutchfield. “It’s about backsliding into old behaviors that don’t serve you and sort of letting your worst self get the best of you. I think that when people are in that mindset they can really try to turn the blame onto other people, so the song sort of plays out like a conflict you’d have with someone you love.

“It’s meant to capture that moment of heat that happens right when you realize you’re wrong or that your issue is more with yourself than with someone else—being flawed and fragile but making progress inch by inch.”

The accompanying video, directed by Ashely Connor and featuring dancer Marlee Grace, shows that gradual improvement as Grace slowly works her way outside.

“Lilacs” follows the album’s lead single “Fire.”

Pre-order Saint Cloud here and see Waxahatchee’s upcoming tour dates below.

Waxahatchee Tour Dates:
4/10 – Detroit, MI @ Jam Handy *
4/11 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater *
4/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer *
4/15 – Holyoke, MA @ Gateway City Arts *
4/16 – Boston, MA @ Royale
4/17 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre *
4/18 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere ^
4/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere ~
4/23 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club *
4/24 – Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom *
4/25 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
4/26 – Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West *
4/27 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn *
4/29 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Mid City Ballroom *
4/30 – Houston, TX @ The Satellite *
5/1 – Dallas, TX @ Sons of Hermann Hall *
5/2 – Austin, TX @ Scholz Garten *
5/4 – Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress +
5/7 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriet’s +
5/8 – Los Angeles, CA @ First Congregational Church of LA +
5/9 – San Francisco, CA @ The Castro Theatre
5/10 – Sonoma, CA @ Gundlach Bundschu Winery +
5/12 – Portland, OR @ The Old Church +
5/13 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater +
5/14 – Vancouver, BC @ Christ Church Cathedral +
5/15 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune Theatre +
5/20 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barn
5/21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
5/22 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre *
8/6-8 – Waynesville, OH @ Bellwether Festival

* w/ Ohmme
^ w/ Radiator Hospital
~ w/ Bonny Doon & Shamir
+ w/ Mirah

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