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Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in this Town

★★★★
Allison Crutchfield – Tourist in this Town
Published: 8:59 pm, February 02, 2017
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Label: Merge
Released: 3rd February 2017

Rating: ★★★★[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]What is most striking about ‘Tourist in this Town', the latest offering from Swearin' and P.S Eliot musician, Allison Crutchfield, is the fast-moving pace of her contemporaneity. An amalgam of Crutchfield's idiosyncratic, storytelling lyricism and a string of monstrous, Porches-esque synth sounds, the impassioned, heartbeat of Told Slant style drum beats, and even, as on album opener ‘Broad Daylight', layered vocals akin to those of a soaring gospel choir, results in a musical marriage of New York DIY and West Philadelphia sparseness.

Indeed, what becomes clear from album highlights ‘Dean's Room' and ‘The Marriage' is Crutchfield's growth as a songwriter; ‘Tourist in this Town' is the music of a lyricist in bloom who precisely captures, in visual snapshots, the nameless paradoxes and pains each of us experience. In a vocal collaboration with Radiator Hospital pal Sam Cook-Parrott on ‘The Marriage', as the pair harmonise "That's when the light that we once saw in each other flickers and fades / It's when the two of us become one in completely different ways," Crutchfield simultaneously and seamlessly expresses a coming together through falling apart. In a mere 56 seconds, and on the shortest track of her album, multidimensional instrumentation and an astounding depth of profound lyrics allow the songwriter to take a step into the inner-dialogues of two separate individuals.

While ‘Tourist in this Town' lacks brain-niggling hooks that haunt the listener for days and leaves aside the tender bareness of P.S Eliot, this album sees Crutchfield's music occupy a fresh space, and one that is filled with busy, modular synths, drum machines, piano, and percussion, at that. Though it may be a step away from the music from Crutchfield that we know and love, it is an evolution that appears to be allowing her music to exist, and flower, in a way that it always should have. It feels right. Rosie Ramsden[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=".vc_custom_1429970289830{margin-top: 25px !important;margin-bottom: 25px !important;}"][vc_column][vc_video link="
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