Andy Bell - The View From Halfway Down
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EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY 9TH OCTOBER 2020
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The product of a gradual, four-year process, and finished during lockdown, Ride singer and guitarist Andy Bell was inspired by David Bowie’s death in 2016 to be more proactive about finishing his songs, more confident about sharing them and to channel all of this into finally making a solo album.
His plans were diverted when Ride’s successful live reunion blossomed into a full return. Two albums, an EP, and two world tours later, it would take a pandemic to give Andy the space to complete The View From Halfway Down. “I’ve always wanted to make a solo album, I’ve always said I would do it, although I never imagined it happening like, or sounding like, this one does,” explains Andy. “I’d been sitting on this pile of almost finished tracks, along with all the other hundreds of ideas that had fallen by the wayside since I’ve been making music. Lockdown gave me the opportunity to find a way to present it to the world. “The album is not about songwriting. There aren’t many verses or choruses, because this album is about sounds, a listening experience.”
From the ecstatic psych-pop of ‘Love Comes In Waves’, to the heady loops of ‘Indica’ and deeply groove-led ‘Skywalker’, the eight tracks mix summery melodies with soundscapes and studio experimentation. The end result sits neatly between Ride’s widescreen shoegaze and GLOK’s textured electronics, variously inspired by The Stone Roses, Spacemen 3, The Beatles, The Byrds, The Beta Band, Stereolab, Neu!, Can, John Fahey, The Kinks, The La’s, The Who and the United States Of America.
Love Comes In Waves
Aubrey Drylands Gladwell
I Was Alone
Heat Haze On Weyland Road