Aidan Bissett – Planet

The standout track from Bissett's last tour now has a home on 'Supernova'

This past October, Tampa, FL-born singer-songwriter Aidan Bissett played a sold-out show at NYC’s Racket, fka The Highline Ballroom. Midway through the set, Bissett unveiled the unreleased song “Planet,” which was, ultimately, one of the highlights of the night… an impressive feat in what was already an incredibly dynamic and well-paced production. The crowd, having heard little to none of it from, at that time, minimal teases on social media, had a bit of a muted response to the track, but there was still magic in it.

Just a few months later, the track has been tacked onto the very top of Bissett’s living and breathing Supernova project, adding a refined alternative rock element to an already stacked tracklist including the hits “People Pleaser,” “Bloom,” and “Out Of My League.”

During an interview in the days following the NYC show, Bissett understandably tried to steer clear of giving away any intimate details about the song, but, in a recent press statement, simply said, “I got ghosted – but got this song out of it.”

By the looks of it, this particular ghosting wasn’t one Bissett could simply roll off his shoulders and head to brunch the next day without a thought. This one had real implications: “You walked in, I forgot my name / Asked where you’re from, said outer space / Gave me a look and walked away.” He continues to fall into her trap, then gets burned: “She’s breaking my heart / I don’t understand it / Right from the start I knew she’s not from this planet.”

Musically, other tracks on Supernova hit closer to Nothing Happens-era Wallows. It’s evident from the first notes of “People Pleaser,” now track two of the project. “Planet” moves away from that sound, seemingly more hyper-fixated on the sound of early-mid 2000’s alternative rock such as “My Friends Over You” by New Found Glory and “Hands Down” by Dashboard Confessional. The instrumental is focused, cleaner, and unafraid to lean into elements of both indie and psychedelic rock.

Vocally, Bissett’s choice to use falsetto for both pre-choruses is relative for his generation, but the fact is, belting those three lines, even once, would have taken his performance to the next level: “Oh, she’s in control / I think she knows it / I think she knows.” He is certainly capable, as the accentuated widening of tone up near his break on “Not from this planet” in the chorus is one of the most compelling aspects of the tune.

The song ends with an incredible amount of momentum, though one more go-around of the final chorus would have truly set it over the edge. Regardless, “Planet” is an immediate win for Bissett.

Stream “Planet” on Supernova: