Filled with gentle, carefully built pop songs that swell to a dreamy climax, The Black Ryder is finally back with their sophomore record. The Door Behind the Door promises to please fans of rich, lush pop songs with emotion weight, to draw you into the dreamworld this soft and somehow real world, created specially for you.
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A remarkable record in that the first three tracks all sound like the works of different bands. The Black Ryder don't invite you into their world -- rather, they coax you slowly in. Take That were right - you gotta have patience. The opening track 'Babylon' is more like sound art type stuff - an overture to the album that sounds more like a warning to leave things alone. The breathy shoegaze of 'Seventh Moon' is more welcoming -- slowly building in intensity, it has the quiet charm of Lanterns on the Lake with nods to distant Cocteau Twins. The moment I realised that I was enjoying the record is on the following 'The Going Up Was Worth The Coming Down', which is a lovely plaintive pop song with dark undertones not that far removed from Sophia. The backwards finale of that track and the subsequent ambient hiss shows that The Black Ryder, despite their quite traditional songwriting patterns, aren't afraid to experiment. 'The Door Behind the Door' sounds like one of those dark, shoegaze-influenced dream-pop albums that you might find yourself lost in.
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