Ahead of releasing their new double A-side single tomorrow, we had a quick chat with Will Palmer and George Turner of Bristol’s Sun Spot.

Comprised of new single ‘Johari Window’ and a cover of The Cure’s classic ‘Lovesong’, the new release sees Sun Spot evolve their sound and lean into brooding dream-pop landscapes. Recorded and produced entirely in the band’s home, ‘Johari Window’ offers sparse yet richly textured layers of lo-fi electronica and rippling rhythms combined with Will Palmer’s soft, autotuned vocals. “It’s just so different to anything we’ve done before and I think people might be shocked that we’re basically putting out a Daft Punk song,” Palmer says jokingly of the track. “But that’s what makes this so much fun – we could literally make anything together and it’d still feel like Sun Spot.”

‘Lovesong’ continues in a similarly minimal vein, with delicately plucked guitar chords and gentle percussion. Speaking on The Cure cover, guitarist and producer George Turner says “I probably couldn’t even count the amount of times we’ve covered that song since we’ve known each other. It’s so incredibly important to us both as individuals, so it only made sense for us to properly show our appreciation and give it a really bare-bones, From Indian Lakes kind of twist.”

‘Johari Window/Lovesong’ is out on Rosecoloured Records tomorrow. In the meantime get to know Sun Spot In Short…

Three words to describe our music…

[WP] “goth-pop for dummies”

[GT] “living, laughing, loving”

Last photo on your phone…

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[WP] “this is a truly excellent photo of our pal and keys player, Scoops. A constant source of inspiration, as you can see.”

Favourite instagram account…

[WP] “I’ve really been loving @laylachenz recently – she’s just a really incredible tattoo artist. Super minimal and clean. Into it.”

[GT] “@sargeshoots – simply because he’s the best. Not only is he really good at what he does but he’s also really good at being our mate.”

The best venue I’ve played…

[WP] “we played a show last year at Colston Hall foyer and that was really surreal. We’d never had a dressing room before, let alone have to be escorted on stage. We got to play a super chilled out set to a room full of people sat down and it was so different to what we’re used to – I played keys and messed up a lot. Pretty sure I gave a shoutout to my therapist too.”

Earliest song you remember…

[GT] “I remember my dad coming home one day and sticking ‘By The Way’ on our hi-fi. That was probably the first time I ever actually paid attention to any music I’d heard. I’ve spent most of my time since trying to be Frusciante.”

The worst job I’ve ever had…

[GT] “This might be both the best and worst job I’ve ever had in someways – last year I worked at Glastonbury. Had a great time, saw The Cure, Tame Impala and The Chemical Brothers, so no complaints there. I also had about 6 hours total sleep over the 6 days I was there and came home so sunburnt and gross I just laid in the bath for like a week.”

The thing I most love to cook is…

[WP] “I can’t cook but I really rate a good Uncle Ben’s spicy Mexican rice. Does that count?”

[GT] “Me and Scoops used to work in a Mexican restaurant together back in Southampton and that was pretty fun. Mine and Will’s diet has consisted almost entirely of burritos since.”

My Favourite word…

[GT] “ACAB”

A book I love…

[WP] “I read James Baldwin’s ‘The Fire Next Time’ a few years back and had my mind blown wide open. He was a really incredible writer that was vocal about how much more problematic it is to be sat on the fence in relation to racism than to actually be a racist. Really made me consider my own activism and motivated me to do better. His writing was poignant then and still is now – definitely check him out!”

Things that cheer me up…

[WP] “We have a pal that unironically manages a boomer meme page. He’s way too good at it for a man in his mid-twenties. Someone made their FB profile picture one of his memes once and we all got pretty excited about it.”

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…

[WP] “Wembley-fucking-arena. Heard of it?”

[GT] “If we could figure out a way to play a show underwater, that’d be great. Top of the band CV.”

I think you should listen to… 

[WP] “Heist or Hit are a really incredible label that I love. They’ve had a bunch of great artists on their roster like Guest Singer, Her’s, Nature TV. In terms of Bristol bands – Punch On!, Cruelty, Toodles, Kate Stapley – that’s just scratching the surface but all very talented people we’re lucky to be friends with.”

[GT] “Our pal Sarge just started a straight-up goth band called Adoring. I produced the first two singles – if you can look past that you might really enjoy it.”

If I could see anyone play live it would be…

[WP] “I wanna see Toro y Moi live so bad. Outer Peace was such a great LP and I just back everything that Chaz is about and love his approach to making music danceable.”

[GT] “Bright Eyes are definitely on my list of artists that I love but still haven’t managed to see live yet. I’ve been consistently listening to them for years and always come back to those LPs. Conor Oberst has such a great sense of experimentation and I really respect that.”

Pre-order Johari Window/Lovesong here.