Is it Art? Is it Pop? Fans Hail the Return of SSION with His New Album “O”

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O (Dero Arcade)

On his third studio album, the first in nearly a decade, SSION (born Cody Chritcheloe) takes his unique blend of DIY art-pop to outrageous new heights. Since the start of his storied career, SSION has garnered a near cultlike following in art, film, fashion and music circles alike — not only for the infectious tunes that blur gender and genre but also for his incredible, self-directed music videos (check out the “Queen” clip by Perfume Genius and “Sexercize” by Kylie Minogue, for starters). On O, the multimedia mastermind presents his finest work to date. A definite highlight is “At Least the Sky is Blue,” which features indie hero Ariel Pink, and finds both performers in drag (as Elizabeth Taylor and Liza Minnelli, respectively). The resulting video is simply magical. Other must-play tracks include lead single “Comeback” and “1980-99,” which features both the vocal stylings of underground pop sensation Sky Ferreira and Patty Schemel, the former drummer for Courtney Love’s band, Hole. For more on this groundbreaking queer artist, visit

Last modified: September 3, 2018