RIYL: Smooth, dreamy & melodic chill-pop

Label: Jurassic Pop

Spissy, a two-man collaboration between Bloomington, Illinois’ Aaron Denton and Ben Lumsdaine, are releasing their self-titled debut album next month. So far we only have one single, Her Heart, to sample, and it’s a dreamy and melodic little tune that might get stuck in your head for a while. Give these guys credit for pulling off a big time smooth sax outro that could have come across as cheesy or intentionally ironic if it weren’t such a great fit for the song. If you like what you hear, grab the “Half & Half” cream vinyl below.

(Attention tape heads: there’s also a cassette, limited to 50, available here if you want one.)

The Details

Debut full-length LP from SPISSY.

Limited Edition "Half & Half" cream vinyl now available for pre-order! (Ltd to 125).

SPISSY (Bloomington, IN) is the rare and obvious duo of Aaron Denton and Ben Lumsdaine. I say "obvious" because they fit together and compliment one another so well, their creative pairing seems almost inevitable. Aaron's ability to craft a delightful, memorable hook alongside Ben's penchant for arrangement, vibe, and skill makes Spissy an absolutely satisfying listen. "Rare", because what draws these two dudes together seems hard to find; a studious, almost aggressive, attraction and ambition toward moderation. That is to say, every piece of this record, even and especially the riskier bits, has been carefully considered and measured. Every synth sound and every rhythm is the right choice. Each unexpected turn and gratifying conclusion hits precisely the right spot.

But don't get me wrong. For every "right choice" that's made, a consequence must be considered. What emotion follows this chord progression, or these lyrics? It's a balancing act. Spissy have tightened themselves down into a niche. They've struck a symmetry between pleasant music and raw expression. And they've hit their mark so accurately, then shown their vulnerabilities so appropriately...it's like they're the Ed Harris' Gene Kranz at the end of Ron Howard's Tom Hanks-starring 1995 space-race masterpiece, Apollo 13 of 2016 indie rock. This record is ambitious, it's considered, and it's meticulous, but - what makes it great - Spissy haven't forgotten that it's also a crap shoot. [Mike Adams]

Ships on or around March 18th.

Price $17

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