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A Shoreline Dream gets raucous on ‘Harlow Syndrome’ with eerie visual companion

Just ahead of Halloween, we will be presenting a series on music to get you in the mood for the dark season – after all, it’s not all about ghouls and ghosts, but also the changing of the seasons, the diminished sunlight and heavier moods. Perhaps capturing that dynamic mood the best is legendary alternative rock outfit A Shoreline Dream presents Harlow Syndrome, the latest audio-visual offering from their new ‘Loveblind’ album, released via Latenight Weeknight Records. Their sixth full-length record dives into recollections and past desires while looking forward in a wash of soundwaves pointing towards a blinding future.

Filmed in Denver & Littleton, Colorado and starring Jessica Halpine and Allan Cutler, this video was filmed, direct and edited by Ryan Polickywith costumes by Tiffany Smyth and Jessica Halrpine.

“My first intention was to create a video for the moment I thought I was passing away, which goes along with that track. I personally feel it’s one of the best on the album after giving it some time to settle,” says ASD mastermind Ryan Policky.

“This ‘Loveblind’ album is an introspective view of things building all the way up, then crashing back down – like relationships that try to rekindle, only to find that the original reason for the failure has grown even stronger. The songs and driving energy behind each represents rare moments of true passion and also those of complete devastation. Even in perceived time of feeling, things couldn’t get any better, a finality lies waiting behind the next corner”.

Their first release since the Covid pandemic began, offering 40 minutes of goth-laced progressive soundscapes, the band had previewed thelead tracks ‘Alarms Stop Ringing’ and the album’s title track ‘Loveblind’. Produced by Ryan Policky and recorded over 10 months in the Barnum suburb of Denver, Colorado, this album features immense synth layers, the band’s signature guitar and symphonic vocals.

In 2020, A Shoreline Dream released their ‘Melting’ album (2020), the latest in a series of critically acclaimed releases. Formed in 2005, today ASD revolves around two original members – multi-instrumentalist / vocalist Ryan Policky and guitarist Erik Jeffries. Their legacy is further rounded out thanks to collaborations with legends such as Ulrich Schnauss, Mark Kramer and The Engineers (for whom they created a remix for progressive label gods K-Scope). Also of note is the fact that the band also opened for Chapterhouse for their very final appearance.

The pandemic has taken its toll on our mental well-being and the perception of money and power has blown previous years away. Dying to get back to the good times and moments of pure, unscathed lust, we long for new experiences to sweep us off our feet. ‘Loveblind’ reaches for that same energy, taking cues from previous A Shoreline Dream works, drawing 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.

The ‘Loveblind’ LP is out now, available everywhere online, including SpotifyApple Music and Bandcamp. The band has also announced a vinyl pre-order for their seminal ‘Recollections of Memory’ LP (featuring Ulrich Schnauss) on vinyl, as well as their ‘Avoiding the Consequences’ LP.

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
‘Loveblind’ video filmed in Barnum, Denver, Colorado
Acting, costume design and dance by Tiffany Smyth
Filmed, directed and edited by Ryan Policky

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