Week in Pop: Ed Askew, José Díaz Rohena, LUKA, Midnight Opera

Sjimon Gompers

The prolific José Díaz Rohena steps out from behind the mixing board to showcase new material; photographed by Sarah Macreading.

Los Angeles Police Department

Taking a pizza break with LAPD’s own Ryan Pollie; press photo courtesy of the artist.

Presenting the Clara Mouton video for “Spent”, featured off the recent Los Angeles Police Department self-titled album via ANTI. As the creative compositions of creative leader Ryan Pollie continue to grow in elaboration; the epic audio composer shares a view into his home life that serves as something of a multimedia capusle in time that celebrates loved ones, friends, family, favorite records, instruments, pets, LA environments while the sentimental song speaks to the most emotive aspects of the human core.

Pollie presents a privy view into his world, as the feelings found on the Los Angeles Police Department single “Spent” are extended to the home video style visuals full of cozy creature comforts that offer up a view of SoCal life that is rarely relayed in media. From vintage toys, significant others, cool cat & even a clever stop-action segment involving a Buzz-Lightyear & Gumby figurine routine appeals to the chord strings of the heart. From sunrise to sunset, the Los Angeles Police Department provides a feeling of sweetened tranquility that works as a DIY portrait of the soft & genuine sides of Los Angeles that will leave you misty eyes at the end. Ryan Pollie shared the following reflections with us about the new video:

It’s a video that kind of shows what my life is like living in Los Angeles. Right now, the video feels like home—my friends, my girlfriend, my cat, my piano. But I think in 10 years it’ll be cool for me to look back at this video because it’s very much a moment in time. For example, my cat will be a lot older by then.

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