Ride's "Weather Diaries" is an album released for the first time in about 20 years. It seems that discord between Andy and Mark who is in charge of composition of songs was one of the reasons for the dissolution of the band, but it was a miracle that the four members reunion without being replaced.
I heard interesting what kind of sound the legend band plays.
It’s not the sound of so-called Shoegazing we heard in "nowhere" and "Going Blank again". DJ Erol Alkan (he was in charge of remixes such as Tame Impala, New order, Depeche Mode etc) was adopted, the taste of electric music is stronger. That doesn’t mean the charm of Ride has disappeared, it is blooming in a different direction. And I like this new direction.
I think "Lannoy point", "Charm Assault" and "Cali" are killer tune with the finest melody. And I especially like "Weather Diaries", "Rocket Silver Symphony" and “White Sands".
I would like to describe my impressions all song, but I'd like to mention the impression only about "Weather Diaries".
The first half is mellow. The quiet thoughts arising from everyday life such as the weather are expressed. After 4 minutes, the singing part is over and the instrument part starts. A roaring sound (kind of electric? like a sound of an airplane) echoes in accordance with melancholy, beautiful and dramatical guitar. The following image appeared to me.
When walking along the coast where the cold wind is blowing, my whole life is flashing, and those images rise to unspecified large number of memories beyond individuals. And this image leads beyond the present to the future, to the universe beyond the atmosphere, to the memory of mankind. Tears came out when I heard it for the first time. I don’t know why but I felt like touching the great things.
The following is an excerpt of "Weather Diaries".
So it rained that day
The day I gave it all way
And I never thought it would
When the morning looked so good
It seems you never know
Which direction life will blow
You never know what someone’s thinking
Until they’re just about to go
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