Ian Sweet’s new single is an immediate contender for the Makeout Music Hall of Fame.
“Your Spit” is an indie-pop bop that introduces “Sucker,” the new album from songwriter Jilian Medford. It’s out Nov. 3 via Polyvinyl.
In the video, directed by Brittany Reeber and featuring cameos from “Saturday Night Live’s” Sarah Sherman and Martin Herlihy, Medford is in a movie theater surrounded by couples in the early stages of coupling. “Why don’t you kiss me like you mean it / Kiss me like you’re leaving / Your spit tastes different,” she sings.
“‘Your Spit’ is about the joy and fear that surrounds new relationships,” Medford says. “The excitement that’s also accompanied by doubt. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say the song is just mostly about making out.”
Of the video, Reeber says: “Jilian and I got together one day and had a complete mind meld on what the videos would be for the first two singles. The concept for ‘Your Spit’ comes straight from the energy of the song. It felt right to get kind of literal and visceral! The couples brought a whole new dimension to the video that I wasn’t even expecting, it’s flirty, but it’s also really tender and sweet. Grateful to all the brave kissers! We also knew we wanted the two videos to speak to each other in some way so there is a nod to the next vid in this one if you can catch it.”
The album, Ian Sweet’s fourth and the follow-up to 2021’s “Show Me How You Disappear,” was co-produced by Alex Craig (Binki, Claud) and Strange Ranger’s Isaac Eiger.
||| Watch: The video for “Your Spit”
||| Live: Ian Sweet performs on Thursday, Aug. 17, as part of the free Sunset Concerts series at the Skirball Cultural Center. Find show/reservation/parking details here.