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Ride Releases First New Song "Charm Assault" In 20 Years

Ride Releases First New Song "Charm Assault" In 20 Years

Published on February 22, 2017 20:06 by Leslie Cheung

Ride, who reunited in 2014, has released a new song in 20 years and it's called "Charm Assault". It is taken from their new album (produced by Erol Alkan and mixed by Alan Moulder), which will be released in summer via Wichita Recordings.

On their new song, Andy Bell says:

"Charm Assault" is a pretty straightforward expression of frustration and disgust at the people who currently run our country. The tour in 2015 was a good way of reminding us what we were good at in the first place and "Charm Assault" feels like a natural continuation from our peak. When we started writing together again we tried to imagine we'd kept on making music all this time, and this was just the latest one.

[Update 2016-02-23]

The band has released another new song called "Home Is A Feeling".

For "Home Is A Feeling", Mark Gardener says:

"Home Is A Feeling" to me is like a slow, wide-screen, sonically, layered, slowed motion warm wash. Like returning home as dawn rises totally exhausted and spangled after a long... long... big, great night out.

Andy Bell adds:

Out of all the new songs "Home Is A Feeling" comes closest to the early Ride sound. We felt comfortable going vintage on this tune because the album we are making has a pretty broad sonic scope. It's a short and sweet, melodic tune, with stacked harmonies, reverbed-out guitars, slowed down drums, and a huge distorted bass sound. Erol put his sage-scented electronic wizards hat on to sample up some of our harmonies and make them into a synthesiser preset, which we ended up using on this and some of the other tunes too. We wanted this song to sound jet lagged, so everything on it was recorded with varispeed, either faster or slower than real time. It's like 1966 Beatles meets 1988 MBV… in other words, Ride.


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