Chrissy & Hawley | Whistler | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader

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When: Thu., Dec. 22, 9:30 p.m. 2016

Christopher Shively and Hawley Shoffner approached their partnership as Chrissy & Hawley from different paths. Chrissy came up in the dance scene and has released tracks that feature a smattering of electronic styles, while Hawley cut her teeth making accessible indie rock with a hard edge. Together, though, they put their interest in capital-P pop. Their self-titled summertime debut (out on Nite Owl Diner, a label Chrissy cofounded) shows a deep reverence for postdisco, glistening melodies, and any sound that can evoke the jubilation and heartache that comes with the genre’s greatest muse: love. “My Top Twenty” is an ode to the emotion that should hit home for just about anyone who’s made a mixtape to express feelings for a paramour. Hawley’s chill yet inviting vocals gel with frothy synths and steadily pulsing rhythms to help nail the bittersweet lyrics: “At the station waiting for a lift / In the movies where the lovers kiss / That’s the way that we’re supposed to be / My record collection keeps telling me / When I doubt it all I have to do / Is put on a record and dream of you.”

Leor Galil

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