Underscoring the forward-thinking nature of their output that so many overlook, Ride have handed the entirety of their recent sixth studio album This Is Not A Safe Place over to the neo-classical duo Pêtr Aleksänder. On Clouds In The Mirror, they’ve entirely re-imagined the tracks as beautiful, beatless exercises in strings and synths with only Mark Gardener’s vocals remaining.
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8/10 John W 23rd May 2020
I was pretty late to the game discovering Ride, with their "comeback" LP 'Weather Diaries' a few years back. Got properly hooked by that and have since seen them live and tracked down all their early (and LOUD) EPs from the early nineties, which have so far somehow (annoyingly) managed to avoid the reissue pandemic of recent times. I think their most recent LP ('This Is Not A Safe Place') is actually one of their best outputs yet, being more consistent and showing more depth of musicianship.
I'm always a bit cautious of remix/reimagining records as I think they quite often miss the point of the music and just make me want to go back to the original. Not so with 'Clouds In The Mirror', however, which might just be one of my records of the year. Keeping the original vocals ties the reimagined tracks back to the original LP, but the orchestral arrangements take the songs in a whole new direction.
I played this album to a friend of mine who had never heard of Ride, and they absolutely loved it, which is always a good indication that it's doing something right. The whole album is a beautiful, neo-classical masterpiece which seamlessly progresses from moments of heartbreaking beauty ('Repetition', 'Eternal Recurrence'), through brooding malevolence ('Kill Switch', 'Fifteen Minutes') to almost euphoric elation ('Clouds Of St. Marie', 'Jump Jet'). A fantastic album to play on a lazy Sunday morning, letting the strings and keys wash over you and sooth your befuddled mind.
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