Ryan Pollie – “Aim Slow”

Ryan Pollie is releasing a new album later this year, his first since changing his name from Los Angeles Police Department and his first since a cancer diagnosis last year. That unfortunate turn of events hangs over the album’s first single, “Aim Slow,” which comes along with a music video that intercuts home video footage from childhood with scenes from the hospital during chemotherapy. “I’m scared and I am running through my memory, just to see if you were there,” Pollie sings on it, a pillowy backing warm and resolute. “Though I aim slow, my god’s insane, my God’s insane,” he repeats, a gentle rebuke at the absurdity of life.

“Releasing some new music soon — the first since I got sick (I’m better now!). I’m nervous about talking about cancer again but also excited because I know that being vulnerable about it is how I’m going to work past some stuff and move through it all,” he wrote in an Instagram post recently, continuing:

My music and sharing my story are one in the same so I’m gonna be posting some gnar gnar cancer stuff for a bit and then NEVER AGAIN. because the cool thing is once this album comes out, it’s like the last part of that chapter of my life. There’s a ton of love and friends in this story and even tho it’s a bit uncomfortable, it’s what I feel I gotta do.

Watch and listen below.

TRACKLIST:
01 “Bleomycin”
02 “Aim Slow”
03 “Getting Clean”
04 “Get Better Soon”
05 “Only Child”
06 “Raincoat”
07 “Leaving California”
08 “Stereo”
09 “Eyes Of Vermont”
10 “Saturn Return”

Ryan Pollie is out 5/17 via ANTI-. Pre-order it here.