New Music: Ride’s “Charm Assault” by Jason Lamoreaux



In the last five or so years, something wonderful has happened. Bands from many people’s youths have appeared on the scene, whole, intact, and emerging to crowds of fans who have waited their whole lives just to see them play one more time or for the first time ever. My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Lush, and others have emerged from the fog of yesteryear to play live and give us all new music. Today, Ride did just that. For the first time in twenty years, Ride has blessed the music world with something new. “Charm Assault” is the first new single from Ride’s forthcoming full-length and the band does not disappoint. Their brand of dream-pop infused rock returns recalling the explosive intro to “Like a Daydream” and the more aggressive moments of “Leave Them All Behind” and “Black Night Crash”. But don’t let the aggression fool you, there are reverb laden guitars here like those found in “OX4” and the bridge is ethereal and creates a sense of mystery. Contextually, the track is a straight forward anthem decrying the actions of the British Government in recent history. Andy Bell, Laurence Colbert, Mark Gardener, and Steve Queralt are joined once again by their longtime collaborator Alan Moulder, who is doing his magic behind the mixer. Andy Bell states that “[w]hen 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” and, if “Charm Assault” is any indication, Ride will be delivering an entire LP of just that: a continuation of where they left off. Ride’s new album is due to drop sometime this coming summer.




Jason Lamoreaux is the owner, writer, and editor of Somewherecold and a published author. He is also a collaborator on the ambient project Aural Blankets and has his own recording project called The Corrupting Sea.


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