RIYL: John Prine, The Los Angeles Police Department, Father John Misty, Phosphorescent

Label: Anti-Records

After being diagnosed with cancer in 2018, Ryan Pollie of The Los Angeles Police Department went to work on his solo debut self-titled album. His intent was clear; strip away the bullshit in life and sing about things that are meaningful, difficult and inevitable. The first single, “Aim Slow” is an intimate portrait of a man struggling to find meaning and purpose in difficult times, accompanied by footage from his chemotherapy sessions spliced with childhood home videos which puts his situation into prospective. The contemplation of anger, frustration and helplessness pour out of the song which emanates such a devastating diagnosis at his age, stating “I’m scared and I’m running through my memory to see if you were there ” and “my god’s insane.”

His second single, “Get Better Soon” is more light-hearted and reminiscent of Band of Horses mixed with the earlier sounds of Crosby, Stills & Nash, yet his standpoint of his diagnosis is really one of others outlook of himself, looking at someone he hasn’t seen in a while who may have been ignored for a very long time. But life altering events bring out the person we were always meant to be, or should be and facing this person with longing and regret can turn into a battle of ‘could have’ or ‘should have’. From the perspective of a loved one, you kind of feel like he despised his desire not be in his position, stating “…I feel much better than you, I hope that you will get better soon.”

What you get from this album is something real. The music is catchy and surprisingly hopeful, but the lyrics paint a picture more heartbreaking and introspective. It’s definitely worth a listen. Cheers.

The Details

Exclusive opaque blue vinyl is limited to 500 copies.

This release has an in-store date of 5/17/2019. Your order will ship on or before the release date.

This purchase includes a digital download of the single “Aim Slow” as well as the entire album upon release.

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