Posts Tagged ‘Clouds In The Mirror’

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Ride handed the entirety of their highly acclaimed 6th studio album, ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’, to mysterious London act Pêtr Aleksänder, who stripped the songs back to just the vocals and added their customarily beautiful string arrangements, keys and synth textures beneath them. The results take Ride deep into the neo-classical / ambient territory. Happy release day to ‘Clouds In The Mirror’, the classical rework of ‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ lovingly fashioned by Pêtr Aleksänder.

The concept for the collaboration was originally conceived in the early days of 2019 when members of Ride contacted Pêtr Aleksänder – AKA duo Tom Hobden (of Noah & The Whale) and producer Eliot James (Two Door Cinema Club) – after falling for the swelling strings, expansive sounds and gentle crescendos of their album, Closer, Still. A mutual appreciation of sweeping, cinematic post-rock was established and over a series of email exchanges a dialogue evolved around reinterpreting the tracks on This Is Not A Safe Space using only the vocals as a guide.

Andy Bell says: ‘Pêtr Aleksänder took our album’s vocal tracks and formed an entirely new album around them, and the results are inspired, often really beautiful, and at times, totally mental. They have crafted a delicate web of string and synthesiser arrangements which draws you into a whole other world than our version of the album. I love what they’ve created.’ Pêtr Aleksänder say: ‘Reimagining Ride’s album was a treat. We took a rather unusual approach: although fans of Ride in the first instance, we nevertheless resisted listening to anything other than each track’s main vocal before setting to work, beginning exclusively with string and piano arrangements inspired by the main vocal.

Focusing on the sentiment of the vocal and re-interpreting it with our own arrangements resulted in combinations of melody, harmony and emotion that would have been very hard to achieve via a more conventional song writing / composing approach. We even waited until the band had released the album before choosing to listen to the songs in their original state – a strange experience for us given that we knew our versions of the same songs so well by that point!’

Here’s the divine version of Jump Jet, as taken from the This Is Not A Safe Place rework by Pêtr Aleksänder.

‘This Is Not A Safe Place’ the new album from Ride out 16/8/19 on Wichita Recordings.