They are well and truly back now aren't they? Totally rejuvenated. No need to mention the 'hat' years. Following up their recent rather successful album 'Weather Diaries' comes this 4 tracker with four brand new non album tracks including the recently unveiled old man banger 'Pulsar'. At this rate these shoegazers could run and run.
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Remember the past? Good wasn't it. All those bands that we all liked. I remember seeing Ride on Snub TV and thinking they sounded pretty promising and then pretty much forgot about them when they became a kind of shoegaze answer to Westlife.
Now I'm old and they are old too having survived hair loss and having been in Oasis (them not me). Literally nothing interests me less than a Ride revival but it's happened now so we might as well make the most of it. This is an EP made up of tracks not on their recent (and rather successful) 'Weather Diaries' and once again it's a triumph of production over substance. 'Pulsar' particularly is fat and widescreen with big gurgling bass and massive drums. It has a reasonably memorable melody, lashings of wah wah guitars then it kind of...stops. Fine though. The other notable track is 'Catch You Dreaming' which has a sort of balearic feel with sun dappled synths, dreamy guitar figures and that sound of going home from holiday previously perfectly encapsulated by Duran Duran's 'Save a Prayer'. A big bold ballad that shifts the gap between Ride and Air ever closer. Again, the production is excellent making the whole thing sound rather like Empire of the Sun which is fine in my book. I feel kinda guilty about liking this but it's a good track if nothing like the Ride we thought we knew.
Ride now sound a bit like they come out of a test tube but there have been worse comebacks.
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