Valentine’s Day is always hard for the single crowd. From the outside looking in, all those lovey-dovey couples look so happy and satisfied in their relationships. But as Ryan Pollie, aka Los Angeles Police Department, reminds us on his latest single, “Hard”, love isn’t always a bed of roses.
Yearning piano, alternatively dreamy and anxious, sets up the base of the song, on top of which stand airy strings that glow with all the warmth of romance. It’s Pollie’s words, however, that reveal the uncertainty that eats away at that beautiful stability. “And I find it hard to be in love,” he reiterates in the chorus, echoing the voice inside the head of everyone tenuously in love.
“I remember writing this song outside in back of my house drinking Samuel Adams on a pretty day,” Pollie told The FADER about the track. “Things were getting more serious with my girlfriend, so naturally with all the good feelings came being terrified of our future, all the possible complications that could arise, and ruin everything. Sometimes it’s hard to enjoy the good parts of life without thinking about how they could eventually turn bad. I think getting out negative thoughts in my music helps me work things out and be more positive in general if that makes sense.”
Take a listen to “Hard”, which features production from Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, below.