Music Review

RIDE – INTERPLAY

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By – Jason Hamric

Ride’s latest offering, “Interplay,” is a testament to the band’s evolution and growth since their early days. While it marks a departure from their previous records, this shift in musical direction shouldn’t come as a surprise. Bands, much like individuals, undergo transformations over time, and Ride is no exception.

What sets “Interplay” apart is its beginnings during the COVID-19 pandemic, a period of enforced isolation that seems to have fostered an unprecedented level of collaboration among the band members. Each track on the album bears the imprint of collective input, resulting in what could be considered their most collaborative record yet. The album’s lead singles, “Peace Sign” and “Last Frontier,” serve as a quick look at the album’s diverse sonic landscape. The former pays homage to the experimental sounds of yesteryear, while the latter delves into left field pop territories. It’s as if Ride is offering a homage to the songs and records that have influenced them throughout their career.  From the the nod to art pop with “Midnight Rider” to  paisley underground vibes of “Monaco,” “Interplay” showcases Ride’s affinity for the musical tapestry of the ’80s. And when Ride indulges in the grand guitar theatrics of yesteryear, as showcased in “Light in a Quiet Room,” the result is nothing short of breathtaking. Each track on “Interplay” feels like a carefully crafted piece of a larger, intricate puzzle, woven together with finesse and precision.

It IS worth noting that “Interplay” will probably not quench the thirst of those seeking that signature shoegaze sound of Ride’s earlier albums. This record is a departure, a departure that may initially feel unfamiliar to longtime fans. Yet, despite this deviation, there’s something undeniably compelling about “Interplay.” It may not be my usual jam, but there’s an allure that draws me in nonetheless.

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