Hailing from Kansas City’s unexpected art-scene, SSION has reached the apex of synth-pop perfection with the album Bent, out August 7th on Dovecote. Led by the charismatically avant gender outlaw Cody Critcheloe, SSION creates music that is simultaneously dance inducing + cheekily crass & that irreverently pokes fun at contemporary culture. Tracks are meticulously crafted with reverbed synth, deep bass & vocals that verge on the addictive. Critcheloe’s creativity is not bounded by music making, as he has been commissioned to produce music videos for a multitude of heavyweights in the unconventional-pop world, including Peaches, Gossip, CSS + Santigold as well as promotional videos for the vibrant outsider designer & fellow Kansas City local, Peggy Noland. Drawing from a multifaceted artistic background, SSION is a total multimedia experience playfully on the vanguard of culture, replete with high-concept visuals, performance, costuming & make-up. The enhanced hard copy re-release of Bent will include previously unreleased bonus tracks + remixes from MNDR, Grimes, Nightfeelings, Physical Therapy & more.
Bent features the lushly reverbed introverted single “My Love Grows In The Dark.” In the accompanying video, conceived & produced by Critcheloe, the front man portrays himself as the antithesized pop-star, journeying through a surreal house of androgynous dancers & confronted with issues of representation, indifference + intimacy. The track got a dreamy disco remix treatment by Nightfeelings (Nick Weiss of Teengirl Fantasy) & is available for free download below. SSION not only nods to the most influential & iconic pop artists of the past, but also stands to carve out its own place in the future as a whole new breed of pop.
SSION will play select live dates across on the east + west coast, appearing with Gossip, JD Samson & Sharon Needles. He will also be performing at this year’s San Francisco Pride.
“My Love Grows In The Dark (Nightfeelings remix)” ϟ download