Allison Crutchfield longs for the west coast in new video for “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California”

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Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist
Allison Crutchfield | courtesy of the artist

In two weeks, Allison Crutchfield will release Tourist in This Town, her first for Merge Records, and she’s just shared its second single. “I Don’t Ever Wanna Leave California,” which follows “Dean’s Room,” fittingly sheds the new wave drive of its predecessor in favor of sun-drenched, breezy trappings. It’s safe to say she’s not the only one in Philly longing for the west coast right about now, so put on your favorite summer hat and stream the track below. 

Fans of Crutchfield’s previous work will feel right at home with the warbling keyboard line that kicks off the track. Like with “Dean’s Room,” though, it’s recontexualized by its livlier instrumentation and improved recording. Also, like “Dean’s Room,” it’s full of snarky tell-offs like “you’re only grown in stature,” making it all the more amusing when sunny “oohs” pop up in the track’s final moments. If you’re longing for somewhere far away and hating someone that’s too close for comfort, then this is, without a doubt, the song for you.

Tourist in This Town drops Friday, January 27th. A few days later, Crutchfield and her live band, The Fizz, will embark on an expansive, two-month tour, dates for which you can find below. Find tickets and more information on her February 10th gig at First Unitarian Church over at XPN’s Concert Calendar.

Tour Dates:
Feb 02 Washington, DC – Black Cat *
Feb 03 Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Back Room *
Feb 04 Richmond, VA – Strange Matter *
Feb 06 Jersey City, NJ – Monty Hall *
Feb 07 Boston, MA – Great Scott *
Feb 09 Brooklyn, NY – Sunnyvale *
Feb 10 Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church *
Mar 02 Baltimore, MD – Ottobar ^
Mar 03 Harrisonburg, VA – The Golden Pony ^
Mar 04 Asheville, NC – The Mothlight ^
Mar 06 Atlanta, GA – The Earl ^
Mar 07 Gainesville, FL – The Atlantic ^
Mar 08 Tampa, FL – New World Brewery ^
Mar 09 Orlando, FL – Will’s Pub ^
Mar 10 Savannah, GA – Savannah Stopover ^
Mar 11 Birmingham, AL – Syndicate Lounge ^
Mar 14 New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa ^
Mar 20 Phoenix, AZ – The Underground ^
Mar 22 Los Angeles, CA – The Echo ^
Mar 23 San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop ^
Mar 25 Arcata, CA – All Ages Arcata Project ^
Mar 26 Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios ^
Mar 27 Seattle, WA – Vera Project ^
Mar 31 Chicago, IL – Schubas ^
Apr 01 Columbus, OH – Spacebar ^
Apr 02 Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern ^
Apr 03 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme ^
Apr 04 Detroit, MI – Marble Bar ^
Apr 05 Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar ^
Apr 06 Montreal, QC – La Vitrola ^
Apr 07 Burlington, VT – The Monkey House ^
Apr 08 Portsmouth, NH – 3S Artspace ^
* w/ Radiator Hospital & Pinkwash
^ w/ Vagabon

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