Waxahatchee—aka Katie Crutchfield—has released a video for “Fire,” the powerful first single from her upcoming album, Saint Cloud.
The subtle instrumentation of “Fire” allows Crutchfield’s emotive lyrics and unadorned vocal delivery to shine. Its video similarly centers on the songwriter, who walks beside busy highways, consigns old letters to a fire and sings directly to the camera.
“The song’s written by me, to myself,” Crutchfield said in a statement. “It’s about the internal dialogue of shame surrounding mistakes you’ve made in the past and how we spiral and beat ourselves up when we slip. It’s meant to be a bit of a personal pep talk.
“If I can love myself unconditionally, then I can move through the world a little easier. If I can accept that I only have a partial view of the universe, and that I can’t know everything or control much of anything, then I can breathe a little easier, take better care of myself, and be closer to my own truth.”
Saint Cloud is Waxahatchee’s fifth studio album, and was written shortly after Crutchfield decided to get sober. Produced by Brad Cook, the LP was recorded in Tornillo, Texas and Stuyvesant, New York.
Saint Cloud is out March 27 via Merge. Watch the video for “Fire” here: