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RIDE aim their shoegaze skyward on ‘Clouds of Saint Marie’

Photo Credit: Eddy Leiva for Vanyaland

This Friday will mark the release of RIDE’s highly anticipated new album, This Is Not A Safe Place. In recent months we’ve been treated to a pair of new songs from the reunited British band; first came the slinky guitar swagger of lead single “Future Love”, followed by the rhythmically patterned “Repetition”, which pushed that warmly familiar RIDE sound into new sonic arenas.

Today (August 13), Andy Bell and the boys set a mood for the new LP with “Clouds of Saint Marie,” a searing lullaby of a tune that connects back to RIDE’s early-’90s heyday with ambitions squarely rooted in the present. And it’s catchy as fuck.

A recent press release for This Is Not A Safe Place remarks that it’s inspired by “the Jean Michel Basquiat exhibition at London’s Barbican Centre and the post-punk sound of The Fall and Sonic Youth, for an album rich in their trademark shoegaze atmosphere, whilst simultaneously sounding rejuvenated and creatively ambitious.”


Works for us.

Ride a daydream until Friday’s release day with another blissful effort from one of England’s finest. And catch RIDE live at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on September 20.