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Alternative & Indie - Released June 16, 2017 | Wichita Recordings

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Ride are making a return thanks to the shoegaze movement: and their resurrection has been eagerly awaited. 21 years after Tarantula, their third album which was not long remembered, the Oxford group are relaunching an act which was very popular across the Channel in the 1990s. With Weather Diaries, Mark Gardener and Andy Bell have not lost their touch for writing, but they have eliminated a number of purely shoegaze options. The Ride of 2017 is now a lot more pop and plays with guitars and synths, keeping their eyes on choruses that hit the mark, and melodies that stick around. Even if British pop won't quite be rocked to its foundations by this fourth album, it is hard to contain one's pleasure at this comeback. © CM/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2006 | Ride Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released August 16, 2019 | Wichita Recordings

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Following their 2017 electronic comeback, Weather Diaries, Ride have been hard at work. Barely two years after the 90s shoegaze titans reformed, Andy Bell, Mark Gardener, Loz Colbert and Steve Queralt are out with This Is Not A Safe Place. The band’s new lease on life was anything but a fluke: their 6th studio album finds a calculated balance between dream pop, krautrock and electronic samples. Risk-taking, as implied by the title, is frequent, starting with the introduction, R.I.D.E. The nightmarish welcome blends in maniacal whispers that are simultaneously an invitation (Ride!) and a statement (Ride!). Then, the mood shifts considerably: Future Love promises budding romance over bittersweet shoegaze and jangle-pop guitar leads. The contrast between heartfelt rêveries and 80s style industrial bangers carries on through the rest of the album: Repetition anchors the latter style through a Juno-6 bass line which lends it a near-Kraftwerk vibe. Andy Bell had a few words about the song himself, saying “It was one of the very first songs written for the album, and has always felt to me like one of the best songs I've written.”. Well Andy, you could’ve said that about most of the songs on this record, and we’d be hard pressed to disagree. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz
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Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2006 | Ride Music

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Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Ride Music

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Rock - Released July 1, 1990 | Ride Music

A pairing of Ride's first two EPs, Smile is a batch of eight muddy, shambling wrecks that run dangerously close to obscuring great pop songs. In fact, much of Smile makes My Bloody Valentine's blurry Isn't Anything sound as polished as a Steely Dan record. What makes the tunes remarkable is the spirit of the band, along with a complementary mix. The band probably knew exactly what they were doing, but wanted to sound clueless. It's the sound of four art students losing themselves in their record collections, wanting to sound naïve and fresh but well-studied. Mark Gardener sounds like he couldn't sing to save his life on "Chelsea Girl," but it's no matter. The relentless rush of Loz Colbert's drums and distorted guitars of Gardener and Andy Bell carry the song, topped off by a nifty wah-wah climax. Though the mid-tempo, chugging "Drive Blind" could be taken literally, it could double as a metaphor for throwing oneself headlong into a relationship -- closing your eyes and not caring if a brick wall or cliff is up a mile ahead. The remainder is filled out with sticky riffs and melodies which avoid sounding like the standard pop fair. It sounds a bit amateurish, and Gardener and Bell hadn't quite found their footing vocally. Nonetheless, Smile brought something new to the table, and the U.K. audience and more adventurous U.S. fans clutched onto the sound for dear life. Rightfully so. [Oddly, Smile's mastering comes from the vinyl versions of the EPs. If you can track down the CD versions of the EPs separately, you'll notice a difference in quality. Also, the disc was remastered and reissued by Ignition in the U.K. in 2001; unlike the other releases in the campaign, the new version has no bonuses.] © Andy Kellman /TiVo
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Alternative & Indie - Released May 1, 2020 | Wichita Recordings

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Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Ride Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 20, 2011 | Ride Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 16, 2018 | Wichita Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 3, 2019 | Wichita Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 23, 2019 | Wichita Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released May 1, 2020 | Wichita Recordings

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Electronic - Released June 29, 2018 | Wichita Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 9, 2015 | Ride Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released January 9, 2018 | Wichita Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 3, 2017 | Wichita Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 16, 2012 | Ride Music

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 9, 2017 | Wichita Recordings

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Alternative & Indie - Released April 27, 2017 | Wichita Recordings