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Ride's Andy Bell Lines Up Autumn Release For Debut Solo LP 'The View From Halfway Down'

Wednesday, 12 August 2020 Written by Jon Stickler

Ride and Oasis' Andy Bell will release his debut solo album this autumn.

'The View From Halfway Down' is due out on October 9 via Sonic Cathedral. Its first single, and opening track, is Love Comes In Waves, a kaleidoscopic daydream of sunny guitar sounds leaning into '60s psych-pop. It arrives accompanied by a trippy video directed by Chris Tomsett, viewable below.

Bell began writing the record in 2016, initially inspired by the death of David Bowie. He finished it during the COVID-19 lockdown, with engineering by his former Oasis bandmate Gem Archer. Bell said:

"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 songwriting. There aren’t many verses or choruses, because this album is about sounds, a listening experience."

'The View From Halfway Down' tracklist:

1. Love Comes In Waves
2. Indica
3. Ghost Tones
4. Skywalker
5. Aubrey Drylands Gladwell
6. Cherry Cola
7. I Was Alone
8. Heat Haze On Weyland Road

Ride reformed in 2014 and put out their first LP in over 20 years, 'Weather Diaries', in 2017 via Wichita. They followed that up with the 2018 EP, 'Tomorrow's Shore' and 2019's 'This Is Not a Safe Place'.

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