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This week, Andy Bell, founding member of ’90s British shoegaze band Ride, released his debut solo album, “The View From Halfway Down”, and shared its first single, “Love Comes in Waves,” via a video for it. The album will be released October 9th on Sonic CathedralBell began writing the album in 2016, but shortly after, Ride’s live reunion tour became a full time return, and the band released two albums and embarked on two world tours. When the pandemic hit, Bell decided it was finally time to work on and release his debut solo album, sharing the first single today on his 50th birthday.

The View from Halfway Down was engineered by Gem Archer and mastered by Heba Kadry. “Love Comes in Waves” is a heavily psychedelic song, with an accompanying video just as trippy.

Bell had this to say about the album in a press release: “I’ve always wanted to make a solo album, I’ve always said I would do it, although I never imagined it happening like, or sounding like, this one does. I’d been sitting on this pile of almost finished tracks, along with all the other hundreds of ideas that had fallen by the wayside since I’ve been making music. Lockdown gave me the opportunity to find a way to present it to the world.

“The album is not about song writing. There aren’t many verses or choruses, because this album is about sounds, a listening experience.”

Ride reformed in 2014 to do some touring and finally released their first new album in 21 years, Weather Diaries, in 2017 via Wichita. That was followed by the 2018 EP, Tomorrow’s Shore and then 2019’s This Is Not a Safe Place.

After the initial run in Ride, Bell formed the band Hurricane #1 in 1997 and then was in Oasis for 10 years (from 1999 to 2009), as well as in Beady Eye (a band that featured many of the later members of Oasis, including Liam Gallagher, but not Noel Gallagher, from 2009 to 2014).

Now that the album is out we can share one of our favourite album tracks from it, six-minute long “Skywalker.” We have no clue if the song has anything to with Star Wars, but musically it’s got a bit of a Krautrock vibe reminiscent of Working For a Nuclear Free City. Then he shared its second single, “I Was Alone,” via a video for it. In a press release Bell described “I Was Alone” as “a Spacemen 3-influenced song about dealing mentally with solitude”

“The album is not about song writing. There aren’t many verses or choruses, because this album is about sounds, a listening experience.”

Love comes in Waves, psychedelic raves, lost nights, found in days of volume, fuzz and delays. If you’re searching for meaning, or a secret worth revealing, and you’re missing the feeling of connection, a reflection back from above, you’re ready to ride the first wave of love. Love comes in Waves, give us a wave, I’m one step away, lost in the maze. If you’re searching for meaning, or a secret worth revealing, temptation is calling and your self control is falling, if your friends started stopping, but for you there’s no dropping off at all, and you’re missing the feeling of connection, a reflection back from above, you’re ready to ride the first wave of love.

The first single from Andy Bell’s debut solo album ‘The View From Halfway Down’, released on Sonic Cathedral on 9th October, 2020.

Andy Bell 'The View From Halfway Down' LP

Ride guitarist / singer Andy Bell releases his debut solo album “The View From Halfway Down”. The product of a gradual, four-year process and finished during lockdown, the album was entirely written and recorded by Andy, Back in 2016, Andy was inspired by David Bowie’s death to be more proactive about finishing his songs, more confident about sharing them and to channel all of this into finally making a solo album. He laid down some tracks in former Beady Eye and Oasis bandmate Gem’s studio, but got diverted when Ride’s live reunion blossomed into a full return. A run of two albums, an EP and two world tours later, it would take a pandemic to give Andy the space to complete The View From Halfway Down.

From the ecstatic psych pop of “Love Comes In Waves”, to the heady loops of “Indica” and deeply groove-led “Skywalker”, the eight tracks mix summery melodies with soundscapes and studio experimentation. The end result sits neatly between Ride’s widescreen shoegaze and GLOK’s textured electronics, variously inspired by The Stone Roses, Spacemen 3, The Beatles, The Byrds, The Beta Band, Stereolab, Neu!, Can, John Fahey, The Kinks, The La’s, The Who and the United States Of America.

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So there you have it. The near death of a cartoon anti-hero and the actual death of a music legend, feeling the calm within a global pandemic and a musical turning point halfway through life all add up to one glorious, technicolour whole Released October 9th, 2020 All tracks written and performed by Andy Bell.

We are proud to announce the release of “The View From Halfway Down”, the debut solo album by Andy Bell from Ride, on October 9th. There will be two limited-edition vinyl variants: blue, which will be available from shops, and a white and blue splatter which will only be available from Bandcamp. There will also be a CD version in a card mini-LP sleeve, plus a full digital release.

It’s an incredible record and the first single, the five-minute burst of psychedelic joy that is ‘Love Comes In Waves’, is out now on all digital platforms after being premiered yesterday by BBC Radio 6 Music. Watch the Vanishing Point-meets-‘Strawberry Fields Forever’ video by Chris Tomsett, aka Innerstrings. Not only does the release of a solo album signal a brand new chapter for Andy, some 30-odd years into his career, the announcement also coincides with his 50th birthday today (August 11).

The product of a gradual, four-year process and finished during lockdown, The View From Halfway Down was made by Andy, engineered by Gem Archer and mastered by Heba Kadry. The end result sits somewhere between Ride’s widescreen shoegaze and GLOK’s darkly textured electronics.  “I’ve always wanted to make a solo album, I’ve always said I would do it, although I never imagined it happening like, or sounding like, this one,” explains Andy. “I’d been sitting on this pile of almost finished tracks, along with all the other hundreds of ideas that had fallen by the wayside since I’ve been making music. Lockdown gave me the opportunity to find a way to present it to the world.”

Love comes in waves, psychedelic raves, lost nights, found in days of volume, fuzz and delays. If you’re searching for meaning, or a secret worth revealing, and you’re missing the feeling of connection, a reflection back from above, you’re ready to ride the first wave of love. Love comes in waves, give us a wave, I’m one step away, lost in the maze. If you’re searching for meaning, or a secret worth revealing, temptation is calling and your self control is falling, if your friends started stopping, but for you there’s no dropping off at all, and you’re missing the feeling of connection, a reflection back from above, you’re ready to ride the first wave of love. The first single from Andy Bell’s debut solo album ‘The View From Halfway Down’, released on Sonic Cathedral on 9th October, 2020.

Written and performed by Andy Bell