Ryan Pollie – “The Shore House”


Out today from Ryan Pollie, “The Shore House” is a lovely piece of baroque pop. The track touts an enjoyably diverse structure, from the brass-laden rock to sweeping symphonic touches. Pollie’s first track release in two years, “The Shore House” is a reminder of Ryan Pollie’s striking songwriting, first catching our ear a decade back with the project Warm Weather.

Bouncy keys and dramatic strings intermingle amidst perky brass to start. Past the first minute, a psychedelic choo-choo appears, reminiscent of Brian Wilson Presents Smile, with the string-forward “raised them on the beach,” section recalling Sufjan Stevens. The first two minutes alone shows a variety of delectable twists and turns, thereafter continuing its melodic entrancement, including a Michael Rault guitar solo and more of Pollie’s hooky vocal additions. The track is released alongside a carton music video created by animator Jango Jim.

Pollie elaborates more on the track’s background, below:

“Featuring a ripping guitar solo by Michael Rault, Shore House is a concept album within a song. There is a chromatic breakdown that features a desk bell and gym whistle and a chorus that strips down to my voice, a string quartet and a lonely harpist.

Inspired by my father, The Shore House is a story about a man raising children in suburbia. The character grew up at the shore and always thought he would see his kids grow up next to the beach as well. Now stuck in the mundanity of a predictable suburban life, he dreams of the waves and longs for even just a weekend back home at the shore.

The song was produced by me at my home studio in Eagle Rock, CA.”

“The Shore House” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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