Premiere: Live & Let Go with Riley Pearce’s New Single “Ceramic Real Estate”

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A cathartic, fresh alt-folk sigh of relief, “Ceramic Real Estate” is Riley Pearce’s breakup song to his unfinished music – a clean, rugged and emotional goodbye.
Stream: “Ceramic Real Estate” – Riley Pearce




It’s a breakup song to all of the half-written tunes I never got around to finishing.

Melbourne’s Riley Pearce is searching for something as he embarks on his new single; what it is, exactly, he’s not entirely sure – but come hell or high water, he’s hellbent on finding it. A cathartic, fresh alt-folk sigh of relief, “Ceramic Real Estate” is Pearce’s breakup song to his unfinished music – a clean break goodbye that closes one door, and opens another.

Ceramic Real Estate - Riley Pearce

Ceramic Real Estate – Riley Pearce

Operator can you patch me through
I need a clear line to my dreams

I headed out with binoculars
but tripped on the things at my feet
It’s the wrong way
To find the right way
You had every right to ignore me
I was lucky to have your company, yeh I was

Atwood Magazine is proud to be premiering “Ceramic Real Estate,” the lead single off Riley Pearce’s upcoming EP Maybe I Can Sleep It Off, out September 25th via Nettwerk Records. No stranger to Atwood Magazine, Melbourne singer/songwriter Riley Pearce has been dazzling us for five years now – ever since he first broke the mold with his heart-wrenching “Brave” – and like a fine way, Pearce is only getting better with time.

Pearce’s forthcoming Maybe I Can Sleep It Off EP is the product of a new mindset and fresh outlook on art and creation; it’s Riley Pearce 2.0, the next level of his creative persona. One thing every songwriter struggles with is forcing through songs that are not coming naturally. A personal breakthrough, “Ceramic Real Estate” is quite literally a musical goodbye to those little sparks of creativity that never saw fulfillment; the half-finished ideas and concepts that continue to lie dormant, in perpetual wait.

I think I saw my luck run out
It found a door and kicked it down
Oh well over the hill in leaps and bounds
On to some other lucky one
I left home with the iron on
I could have nothing left
Set my bed up in the fireplace
with a soot pile at my head
I could see you
but couldn’t reach you
You were laughing as you drove away
I was not worthy of you anyway, no I wasn’t



Riley Pearce © Tashi Hall

Riley Pearce © Tashi Hall

“It’s weird to write a breakup song when you’re in a very happy relationship, so I had to approach it from a different angle,” Pearce tells Atwood Magazine. “It’s actually a breakup song to all the songs I never finished. I explore my relationship to songwriting a lot on this upcoming EP, and “Ceramic Real Estate” was written at the end of a big realisation. I read the book ‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert and it really changed my perspective on how I wrote and my attachment and relationship to my ideas and my craft. I was able to write more freely as a result and wasn’t forcing ideas if they weren’t working, move on and maybe check in with them again a bit later. I was falling back in love with the process.”

We experience Pearce’s raw passion throughout his song: His words flow naturally, his guitar glides effortlessly – everything feels organic, as if it was meant to be. That, more than most, is the mark of a truly great song.

“I’m really excited about releasing the songs from this EP,” Pearce says of his new project. “I’m in a great place with my songwriting and feel like I’m finding my sound. I’m not shying away from creating songs that are a bit groovier and upbeat and I’m enjoying that process immensely.”

I think I saw my luck run out
It found a door and kicked it down
Oh well over the hill in leaps and bounds
On to some other lucky one
On to some other lucky one
I couldn’t give you all of me
Move on to the gallery
Where all your suitors are lining up
I cleared my plate
My ceramic real estate
Oh yes I’ll be your slave
The servant you crave
I’ll be riding on that next wave

When inspiration runs dry and you’re not sure where to go, you stop, take a deep breath, and you walk away. It’s so hard to let go of songs you invest so much energy and emotion into, but if it’s meant to be, it will come back to you in time; sometimes the best thing we can do for ourselves and for our art, is to walk away. “Ceramic Real Estate”  is Riley Pearce’s soundtrack to walking away: Of learning to live and let go.

Stream “Ceramic Real Estate” exclusively on Atwood Magazine; Pearce’s upcoming EP Maybe I Can Sleep It Off is out September 25th via Nettwerk Records!

I think I saw my luck run out
It found a door and kicked it down
Oh well over the hill in leaps and bounds
On to some other lucky one
If you don’t want me then just go now
There’s not much point in hanging round
I had your hand but it slipped right out
Into some other lucky one
Into some other lucky one

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Mitch Mosk

Mitch is the Editor-in-Chief of Atwood Magazine and a 2014 graduate from Tufts University, where he pursued his passions of music and psychology. He currently works at Universal Music Group in New York City. In his off hours, Mitch may be found songwriting, wandering about one of New York's many neighborhoods, or writing an article on your next favorite artist for Atwood. Mitch's words of wisdom to fellow musicians and music lovers are thus: Keep your eyes open and never stop exploring. No matter where you go, what you do or who you are with, you can always learn something new and inspire something amazing. Say hi here: mitch[at]atwoodmagazine[dot]com