Crisman are a Denton-based band which include Madeline Dowd, Boone Patrello and Grahm Robinson. They recently released the debut full-length. Crisman is out nowvia Topshelf Records. According to the press release, For the band’s self-titled debut studio album, Dowd and Patrello teamed up with another fellow Denton musician in MAH KEE OH’s Grahm Robinson (he/him). Contrasted against the childlike playfulness of Dowd’s paintings, the band’s collective experience is refracted throughout the measured ten-song collection.
The melancholic and sinuous lead single “Surprise” pulls from childhood memories of wanting to be included and feeling misunderstood in order to lend its start-stop riffs an emotional touchstone. On “Cya,” the band employs acerbic distortion and twinkling arpeggios to explore the immaturity and inevitability of trying to forget a person or feeling that lingers far too long, where final single “Icee Blue” is about experiencing the infectiousness of a romance, a thematic reproduction of the song’s infectious composition.