P.S. ELIOT: 2007-2011: CD

On July 31st, 2009, I saw P.S. Eliot perform with Hop Along and Avi Buffalo at the Hickey Underworld, a now defunct punk house in Long Beach. There were maybe forty people at the show, and it was there I would buy Introverted Romance in Our Troubled Minds, which remains one of my favorite LPs. Now, seven years later, Don Giovanni Records has released P.S. Eliot’s complete discography. It’s all here: their second LP, Sadie; the gleefully lo-fi Bike Wreck Demo; the Living in Squalor 7”; and a slew of home recordings. If you’ve never heard P.S. Eliot, then you’re in for a treat because sisters Katie and Allison Crutchfield craft earnest, lyrically-driven indie pop. (Since their breakup, the Crutchfield sisters have gone on to perform in Waxahatchee and Swearin’ but Martha, from Durham, U.K., is the clear heir apparent. However, P.S. Eliot, for my money, is irreplaceable.) Let the heartache wash over you. Absorb the witticisms: “Baby, I’ll be your muse if you’ll always be mine / We spell it out in incoherent love songs.” But, as I learned in 2009, never assume that a great band will last forever, so enjoy it while it lasts. –Sean Arenas (Don Giovanni, dongiovannirecords.com)