Allison Crutchfield has already made us aware of her special talent in P.S. Eliot and the awesome Swearin’ (both with her sister Katie). With those bands she made ferocious but catchy as hell guitar music but for her debut solo LP, Tourist in this Town, she’s let go of the punky guitars and replaced them with music full of structure and space, graceful synths, and lyrics that explore longing and heartache. She brilliantly channels the kind of late-80s synth pop that we love. It means, though it may be a break-up album, the sunrise pop melodies and horizon hugging analogue synths let in plenty of sunshine.