I’ve just been listening to Ride’s 2017 album, Weather Diaries, and it’s a bit more than a return to form.
Picture the scene in 1994. Alan Mcgee walks in to Creation HQ: ‘Hi ride, this shoegazing thing, it’s a bit passe isn’t it? I’ve just heard some lads called Oasis and they are the future of music. Here’s a copy of Revolver. Now let me introduce you to Jon Lord.’
After two sublime albums what emerged was the excrable Carnival of Light (called Carnival of Shite by the band) and the end was nigh.
Fast foward 20 years and the band have achieved something remarkable, not just a return to form, but musical time-travel. They’ve gone back and made the album that should have followed Going Blank Again. A sixth album is in the works (so effectively erasing the even-worse Tarantula). Anyone else managed this time-travelling feat to right the historic wrongs in their back catalogue.
Have a listen, Lannoy Point is just great.