In Waxahatchee’s (aka Katie Crutchfield) music I’ve always heard a gritty kind of musical connection to an artist like Scout Niblett, along with a lyrical cleverness (sometimes delivered as if the lines where throwaways) like Courtney Barnett and Liz Phair before her. But with this new song, “Air”, it feels like a lightening of the sound of “Cerulean Salt” (2013). The familiar slow-fire fierceness is there, a steady bubbling of tension under the vocals — but there’s a gossamer quality to the singing and music (synth) in the latter half of the track that feels new. It sounds more in the Sharon Van Etten realm. It’s a pretty, slight and welcome shift. It’s great to hear a talented artist trying different things. Waxahatchee is so good at finding a way to dig deep into the mood of her songs, and this song off the upcoming “Ivy Tripp” release is no different. One of my favorite verses from “Air”: “I left you out like a carton of milk / You were quick to query me / But I wanted you still / To relay something warm / To break off a good piece / But you won’t be, you won’t be.” Notes: Their Bated Breath named “Cerulean Salt” one of the best 25 LPs of 2013. Follow Waxahatchee at facebook and twitter. “Ivy Tripp” will released April 7 via Merge (North America) and April 6 via Wichita Recordings. — David D. Robbins Jr.