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WE REVIEW THE NEW ALBUM FROM RIDE -INTERPLAY

So what would the perfect Ride album look like, sorry, sound like? Well, you’d probably have two or three great perfect indie pop singles—no doubt there would be the trippy ambient soundscape tracks. There would be the really quiet one and then there’s always the loop-based one or two.

All the tracks would be delivered with bucket loads of introspection, and enormous saturated blankets of guitars. Enigmatic baselines would drift through pounding drums and slide underneath beautifully evocative guitar riffs and dreamy, almost muted vocals.  And then in true Ride style, you probably wouldn’t be able to put any of the tracks into any of the aforementioned- categories, well not easily anyway. 

So if we agree that these are the ingredients for the perfect Ride album then, with their seventh album ‘Interplay’ the Oxford legends have finally made their perfect album. ‘Interplay’ is everything a Ride should be. 

Opening track and lead single ‘Peace Sign’ is massive. It sounds like the Ride always should have sounded back in the day, my god they were a great band but this track sounds like everything the teenage Ride, hanging around Oxford back in 1989 would have imagined they’d sound like. There’s no gazing at shoes here!

‘Last Frontier’ is anthemic perfect indie pop at its very fragile finest and again, it sounds like kids who can’t quite believe their luck giving it their all…it’s beautiful 

‘Monaco’ ‘Midnight Rider’ ‘Portland Rocks’ deliver more of the immediately accessible. ‘Monaco’ with its post-pink vibe is a particular standout.  

‘Light in a Quiet Room’ is everything this band does best, it’s hypnotic, transcendental, peaceful yet violent, quiet then deafening… a track to be played very loud.  

At seven minutes and ten seconds ‘Essaouira’ is the album’s longest track and it’s no surprise it’s a mash-up of ambience, loops, trans-like vocals, breakbeat percussion, chiming guitars… it’s got everything and like a couple of tracks on the album, not least the closing track ‘Yesterday is Just a Song’ could just keep on running and running and running and the album would have been even better. 

All too often all the years, good and bad and all that experience make bands forget what they are: but not here, not with this record. Ride know exactly what they are and deliver it in spades.

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