Album of the Week: Allison Crutchfield’s Tourist in This Town

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Allison Crutchfield has been making music her whole life: with her twin sister Katie first, then in bands like P.S. Eliot, Bad Banana, and Swearin’, founded with her former partner.

Now, Crutchfield has just released her first solo album, Tourist in This Town, via Merge Records.

In her own words, “[i]t’s a record about change—change of scenery, of partner, of band, of home, of friends, of outlook—and how that change can cause a temporary panic but ultimate triumph in most of us.” Helped by Jeff Zeigler’s production and synth collection, which adds a new dimension to Crutchfield’s sophisticated pop songwriting, the Alabama-born, Philadelphia-based musician has crafted a time capsule to bury all her memories within: places, people, and reminiscences find their home in a collection of emotions ready to be put in the past, and ready to find a brand-new start. Watch two videos from the new album after the jump.


Guia Cortassa was born, lives, and works in Milan, Italy. After working as a Contemporary Art curator, she went back to writing. She is a contributing editor for Ondarock and her writing has appeared on Rivista Studio, Flair and the Quietus. She compulsively tweets @gcmorvern. More from this author →