Waxahatchee – Chapel of Pines

Waxahatchee has announced that her new Great Thunder EP, the follow-up to last year’s Out in the Storm, will arrive on September 7 via Merge Records.

Featuring a collection of songs written with now-dormant experimental recording group Great Thunder while Katie Crutchfield was also writing the Waxahatchee albums Cerulean Salt and Ivy Tripp, the original recordings have mostly faded into obscurity. Unearthing and reimagining them with producer Brad Cook at Justin Vernon’s April Base studio in Wisconsin was a cathartic experience, she says.

Today, Crutchfield shares Great Thunder’s release details as well as a video for the solemn Chapel of Pines, directed by Christopher Good and starring Crutchfield and Kevin Morby.

On the heels of last year’s critically acclaimed Out in the Storm, Crutchfield found herself looking to take a sharp turn away from the more rock-oriented influences of her recent records towards her folk and country roots. “I would say that it is a complete 180 from the last record: super stripped-down, quiet, and with me performing solo, it’s a throwback to how I started,” writes Crutchfield. “Overall, the EP is a warm, kind of vibey recording.”