Absofacto, born Jonathan Visger, is a musician who started out as part of Michigan's indie rock scene. After relocating to Los Angeles, Visger signed with Atlantic Records and released his major-label debut with the EP Thousand Peaces in 2017. This dreamy jam, originally released in 2015, is included as a track on the EP.
The song finds Visger wanting to dissolve in "a pool full" of his girlfriend's love. However, she's "poolside, kicking in the dirt," and he's questioning her behavior.
By the third verse, Visger is wondering if she sees him as "a lab rat, someone you can test things on?" He concludes that "this isn't what I signed up for."
The song first started gaining traction in 2019 because of its prevalence on TikTok. Thanks to its popularity on the video sharing app, "Dissolve" climbed to #1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart.