A Shoreline Dream have just released their new single titled ‘Seek to Hide’. And, I’ll just say it, A Shoreline Dream is back, baby! These are one of those sonic duos that, when I see them in my inbox, I act like I was 12 again and the new Playboy just came out because my dad had a subscription he didn’t think I knew about. And, with that being said, ‘Seek to Hide’ is more than I expected. There is a musical conflict and attitude that is more prominent and refreshing. Musically it has that tension beneath the lucid dreamlike atmosphere I often hear in their music, but this is more dissonant. And wonderfully so! The bassline battling the guitars is simply brilliant and goes way beyond that trippy almost shoegaze sonic bliss I am a fan of. This is simply magical when it comes together. Almost virtuosic. Like, well, a l̶u̶c̶i̶d̶ shoreline dream.
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About A Shoreline Dream
A Shoreline Dream is Ryan Policky (vocals, guitar, keys, bass, production) and Erik Jeffries (guitar, backing vocals) with Chase Dobson also playing keys on this album. Hailing from the circus birthing ground known as Barnum, Colorado, their sound combines lush melodic textures, organic instrumentation, and vocals layered like a synth, similar in vein to bands such as Ride, Dead Can Dance and Spiritualized – all mixed with a cavernous production style all their own.
“This song ‘Seek to Hide’ is true diving into the fact that we are a society so caught up in a digital world that when something real actually happens we have no idea where to turn. Who is real? What is fake? Who am I? Am I famous? Am I a nobody? Is this place around me VR? All questions of how messed up our society have become. It’s confusing and bizarre watching the world around us become more digital than ever before,” says Ryan Policky.
Written over the course of five months, the music on ‘Melting’ not only summons the feeling of being lost-at-sea in a world burning ashore but also dives into the need for a complete and unwavering change. Their new output features guitar tones ranging from lush layers to driven, post-rock arrangements woven behind Ryan’s ethereal and inspired vocal stylings.
Over the past 14 years, ASD has churned out numerous acclaimed releases under their own imprint (Latenight Weeknight Records), working with legends such as Ulrich Schnauss, east coast independent label mastermind Mark Kramer and, most recently, Engineers. A Shoreline Dream has toured with Ulrich Schnauss and was a special guest for Chapterhouse on their final appearance in San Francisco.
This is the band’s first long-play since ‘The Silent Sunrise’ (2014), followed by a string of singles originally intended to make up their next album. However, with the world in social and political upheaval in 2020, Ryan Policky gained creative strength and determination through events around him and abroad, developing music consistent with the times and possibly the most refined and heartfelt work the band has ever produced. Guitarist Erik Jeffries’ powerfully epic and post-rock-influenced guitar moments add to the emotion in output among the band’s best work to date.
“Our vibe tends to move darker, but lately and surprisingly it has been uptempo, yet still dark. I have always loved that. A sound that is super energetic but downright dreary. I think that is where we are. We’re pumped to get depressed, but also in ideas that were nearly all conceived on their first play-throughs. Emotion translated into tempos. Take the primal element of rhythm and build layers on top of it. Ours just happened to turn out the way they are here, and we were super excited about how it came to be. Probably one of my favorite releases we’ve put out there,” says Ryan Policky.
“Working on “melting” and collaborating during the writing and composing process was extremely rewarding. So when we started to put ideas together it seemed like new ideas were jumping out at me. And working with Ryan was fantastic. There was an openness to explore and no ideas or conversations were off-limits. It really helped push me to be thoughtful (and critical) about what I was contributing and kept me very committed throughout the entire process,” says Erik Jeffries.