Iconic shoegaze / postpunk outfit A Shoreline Dream are back with a new album after a pandemic time-out. ‘Loveblind’ will arrive on September 23 via Latenight Weeknight Records, following their critically acclaimed ‘Melting’ album (2020). Ahead of this, the band presents the infectious lead track ‘Alarms Stop Ringing’, previewing 40 minutes of goth-induced progressive walls of sound. ‘Loveblind’ promises to be an album shoegazers, post rock lovers and daydreamers should take note of.
The sixth full-length album from the prog-goth shoegazers dives into the recollections and desires of the past while gazing in a wash of sound waves pointed towards a blinding future. Recorded from November 2021 – July 2022 in the Barnum suburb of Denver, Colorado with fine-tuned production from Ryan Policky, this album features immense synth layers, the band’s signature guitar and symphonic vocals from the bottom of a well.
‘Alarms Stop Ringing’ is accompanied by an equally mesmerizing video, filmed at The Best Little Boarding House and Black Monarch Hotel in Victor, Colorado. Starring Allan Cutler, Jessica Halpine, Matilda Marginal, Alyssa Wyss and Elyssa Gleeson, it was directed, filmed and edited by Ryan Policky with costume design by MARGINAL and Jessica Halpine.
“Victor is one of my favorite places to detach from society and the star of the album. The cover artwork and this video were visually born from it. In the late 1800’s, the main street burned to the ground and left behind a super haunted presence. Fast forward to present day – two locations on this main street are some of the most amazing spots to visit. The Black Monarch is a goth hotel dream-come-true, frequented by Tesla back in his day, and The Best Little Boarding House is a converted brothel that is probably the most haunted place in the city (Just try staying asleep through the night!),” says Ryan Policky.
“These became the main set pieces for the video, which help tell the story of a man haunted by relationships and memories of his past while attempting to move forward in his own personal struggle. A dream location for a surrealistic photographer such as myself, and an amazing visit to say the least. Having 3 days to roam the ruins and find new locations to explore really helped bring it all to life.”
Over the years, A Shoreline Dream has churned out numerous acclaimed releases, working with legends such as Ulrich Schnauss, Mark Kramer and The Engineers (for whom they created a remix for progressive label gods K-Scope). They also opened for Chapterhouse for their very final appearance.
While the pandemic has taken its toll on our mental well-being, the perception of money and power has blown previous years away. Dying to get back to the good times, moments of pure, unscathed lust, we are eager for new experiences to sweep us off our feet. ‘Loveblind’ reaches for that same energy, taking cues from previous A Shoreline Dream works released over the past 16 years, drawing more from their progressive goth roots. Layers of moodiness, blissful explosions of rock and chugging tempo mix with the pain, love, hope and moments of near death experienced while creating the album itself.
On July 27, ‘Alarms Stop Ringing’ will be available for download exclusively via Bandcamp, where the full ‘Loveblind’ album can be pre-ordered. As of September 23, the album will be released everywhere online, including Spotify and Apple Music.
Produced, recorded, mixed and mastered by Ryan Policky
Written and performed by Ryan Policky, except ‘Driveaway’ and ‘Hazewash’ written and performed by Ryan Policky and Erik Jeffries
Cover artwork by Ryan Policky
Released via Latenight Weeknight Records, LLC
UPC: 196925236942. Catalogue # LAT026
Music Copyright 2022 Latenight Weeknight Records, LLC
Artist photos in black by Allan Cutler. Photos in white by Aaron Thackeray
1. Alarms Stop Ringing
3. The Spring Comes Clean
4. Harlow Syndrome
5. Nothing More Than This
9. Black Dye
10. Cutline Follow
11. The Grind