Allison Crutchfield is going back in time. Her music thus far, including P.S. Eliot and Swearin’, has had more in common with 90s alternative rock than 80s synth pop, but she switches up her sonic template on the first single to arrive from the forthcoming Tourist In This Town. Dreamy synths and reverb laden guitars glisten over pounding live drums as Crutchfield throws this change-up, all the while losing none of her personality. “You just want to catch me alone,” she sings, almost as a taunt. You can do that when you’re always two steps ahead.
Tourist In This Town is out 2/3 via Merge.