This Is Not A Safe Place
Vinyl / CD / DL
90’s shoegazers RIDE return with an exciting new long player entitled This Is Not A Safe Place released on Wichita Recordings. Re-engaging with their ever present audience has been a success thus far. Matt Mead reviews for Louder Than War.
The familiar wall of noise guitar, harmonising vocals with a solid rhythm section make a welcome return in the guise of this latest release from the boy wonders from Oxford. Continuing a rich vein of form since their reunion in 2014 the band have rightfully claimed their corner of music’s returning heroes with arms wide open from a wide section of music fans.
The first single from the album Future Love showed an addictive Byrds guitar pop descending chord pattern, a path trodden before my many, always delivering charming results. The rest of the album differs completely throwing the listener from pillar to post on a journey of exploration and new horizons. Kill Switch has a white noise guitar assault, whilst Dial Up has haunting acoustic lamentations regarding the internet.
The most experimental moment on the album is Repetition, sounding like an 80’s electronic revamp with Heaven 17 in the mix. Clouds Of Saint Marie and Eternal Recurrence echo a familiar trodden path punching all the right combinations on the fret board. In This Room is the epic closer coming in at nearly 9 minutes long, it’s not quite there in terms of an all-time classic extended play tune in the form of Baby O’Reilly or The End but for a returning band throwing their all in the studio again this along with the rest of the album is a darn good effort.
All words by Matt Mead. Further articles by Matt can be found via the Louder Than War author archive pages.