Ride Share New Song Inspired by Space – “Pulsar”

Weather Diaries Out Now via Wichita

Nov 02, 2017 Photography by Derrick Santini (for Under the Radar)
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British shoegazing icons Ride reformed in 2014 and have been touring, and finally released their first new album in 21 years, Weather Diaries, back in June via Wichita. Now they have shared a brand new song, "Pulsar," which isn't featured on the album and is inspired by space. The song is available digitally now and can be heard below.

Ride's drummer Loz Colbert had this to say about the song in a statement: "Pulsar re-imagines old organ samples, transmissions from space, effects, heavy beats and pulsing chords. The song title tips its head to the '60s instrumental 'Telstar' in name and theme; and the idea was to come up with some kind of 'space anthem' about light, existence, travel and return. The band all contributed to make the song what it is, and it all really came together in the studio when we worked with Erol Alkan once again, following on from the success of the Weather Diaries sessions."

Read our recent interview with Ride about Weather Diaries.

Previously Ride shared Weather Diaries' first two singles, the straight up rocker "Charm Assault" and the dreamier "Home Is a Feeling." They also shared a video for "Charm Assault" that was co-directed by Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman Anton Newcombe, along with Jean de Oliveira, and another song from the album, "All I Want," as well as a 10-minute remix of "All I Want" by GLOK, which is actually Ride's own Andy Bell, plus the album's near-six-minute long opening track, "Lannoy Point," and a video for "All I Want." They also shared a video for "Cali" and a remix of "Cali" by Luke Abbott.

Erol Alkan (Klaxons, Mystery Jets, Beyond the Wizards Sleeve) produced the new album, which was mixed by Alan Moulder (who also mixed Ride's classic debut album, Nowhere, and produced their Going Blank Again).

Ride haven't released a new studio album since 1996's Tarantula, which was put out after the band split up and was poorly received. The quartet's original run lasted from 1988 to 1996 and included four studio albums (Nowhere, Going Blank Again, Carnival of Light, and Tarantula). In 2015 they also released Nowhere25, a 25th anniversary reissue of their 1990-released debut album Nowhere. A few years ago we interviewed Ride's Mark Gardener and Andy Bell about Nowhere and you can read that article here. And then in 2015 in another interview we did with Gardener he went through Nowhere track-by-track and you can read that here. 

Ride Tour Dates:

11/2 - Paris @ Pitchfork Festival
11/3 - Utrecht @ Ronda
11/4 - Wangels @ Rolling Stone Weekender
11/5 - Berlin @ Astra 
11/7 - London @ Forum Kentish Town
11/8 - Birmingham @ O2 Institute
11/9 - Bristol @ SWX
11/10 - Leeds @ Beckett Student Union 
11/12 - Liverpool @ Academy
11/13 - Newcastle @ Boiler Shop
11/14 - Edinburgh @ Queens Hall

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