1990s shoegaze heroes Ride first reformed back in 2014. They have announced the release of their fifth studio album in the summer on Wichita, produced by Erol Alkan.
Over the last 36 hours they have revealed two new tracks from the as-yet untitled album, ‘Charm Assault’ and ‘Home Is A Feeling.’ While the former is more reminiscent of their last studio album, 1996’s Tarantula, ‘Home Is A Feeling’ is a gentler affair, evoking the sound of their early EPs and debut album Nowhere.
Of ‘Charm Assault’ guitarist Andy Bell stated ‘[It’s] is a pretty straightforward expression of frustration and disgust at the people who currently run our country.’
Mark Gardener (vocals) says: “‘Home Is A Feeling’ to me is like a slow, wide-screen, sonically, layered, slowed motion warm wash. Like returning home as dawn rises totally exhausted and spangled after a long ..long …big, great night out’”
Andy Bell says: “Out of all the new songs ‘Home Is A Feeling’ comes closest to the early Ride sound. We felt comfortable going vintage on this tune because the album we are making has a pretty broad sonic scope. It’s a short and sweet, melodic tune, with stacked harmonies, reverbed-out guitars, slowed down drums, and a huge distorted bass sound. Erol [Alkan, producer] put his sage-scented electronic wizards hat on to sample up some of our harmonies and make them into a synthesiser preset, which we ended up using on this and some of the other tunes too. We wanted this song to sound jet lagged, so everything on it was recorded with varispeed, either faster or slower than real time. It’s like 1966 Beatles meets 1988 MBV… in other words, Ride.”