Double LP on black vinyl. Pre-order includes instant grat downloads of Charm Assault and Home Is A Feeling
Produced by legendary DJ, producer and remixer Erol Alkan, ‘Weather Diaries’ is packed with all the classic elements that made Ride one of the defining bands of the early ‘90s. Trembling distortion, beautiful harmonies, pounding rhythms, shimmering soundscapes and great songwriting all combine to make an album that’s ambitious in scope, timeless and thoroughly addictive.
The first single from the album, 'Charm Assault' was unveiled in February to a flurry of acclaim from media and fans alike. Marrying the psychedelic muscle of Tame Impala’s “Elephant” with the rhythmic twists and turns of My Bloody Valentine’s “Feed me with your kiss”, Bell and Gardeners’ harmonies evoke The Who playing “A Quick One” at the Rolling Stones "Rock and roll circus". The lyrics see Ride railing at the “focused, raw, reptilian ambition” of certain unspecified people in power, who "set fire to your world, and let it burn”. The song effortlessly flits from section to section, taking in influences ranging from Sonic Youth’s dungeon circa “Death Valley '69” through to a jarring, repetitive chord sequence reminiscent of David Bowie’s “Chant of the ever circling Skeletal Family” - one of the songs Bowie wrote for a musical based on Orwell’s “1984”.
The second taster from the new album revealed last month was ‘Home Is A Feeling’, a widescreen, sonicaly, layered, slowed motion warm wash hinting at the breadth and ambition of the new material on ‘Weather Diaries’. From the huge sonic storm at the end of the eponymous title track 'Weather Diaries' to the addictive verses of 'Cali’, the material is as unmistakably Ride as ever, yet written from the vantage point of men who have experienced life's trials and tribulations. There's an anger at society that comes out in the sprawling opening track 'Lannoy Point' and in 'All I Want', the latter exploring the idea of Britain aping 1930s Germany over cascading drums and multi-layered vocals.
For more than a year, Baldi was able to write these songs and flesh out them out with his bandmates—drummer Jayson Gerycz and bassist TJ Duke—before they finally joined producer John Goodmanson (Sleater Kinney, Death Cab for Cutie) at Sonic Ranch in El Paso, Texas, for three weeks in March of 2016. The result is Baldi’s most polished and considered work to date, an album that speaks to his evolving gift with melody while also betraying the sort of perspective that time provides. You can hear it in the aerodynamic guitar pop of “Modern Act,” and feel it in the devastating wisdom of “Internal World,” a lullaby-like howler that dwells on “the fact that being yourself can be uncomfortable and even potentially dangerous at times.”
“Generally, it seems like my work has been about finding my place in the world,” Baldi says. “But there was a point in which I realized that you can be missing something important in your life, a part you didn't realize you were missing until it's there—hence the title. This record is like my version of new age music,” he adds. “It’s supposed to be inspiring.”
01. Up To The Surface
02. Things Are Right With You
03. Internal World
04. Darkened Rings
05. Enter Entirely
01. Modern Act
02. Sight Unseen
03. Strange Year
04. Realize My Fate
Limited edition - pressed on 180g green + white vinyl with an embossed sleeve.
All pre-orders include an instant grat download of Modern Act.
Praise for Life Without Sound:
"Baldi has bulked up the band’s lo-fi production values for a more muscular sound while retaining the youthful energy of his songwriting. " 4/5 - The Guardian "With his band's thrilling fourth album, Baldi successfully develops his own take on the merger of powerpop and hardcore brawn." 8/10 - Uncut "Life Without Sound feels more confident, the songs themselves coming from a more positive position." 4/5 - DIY
*"Life Without Sound is the next logical step in Cloud Nothings’ upward trajectory" *- The AV Club
*"Cloud Nothings’ best work to date." *- Clash
Sick Scenes is the sixth studio album by Los Campesinos! and follows their highly acclaimed 2013 release, NO BLUES. The album was produced once again by long-time collaborator John Goodmanson (Sleater-Kinney, Death Cab For Cutie) and band member Tom Bromley and was recorded during Euro 2016 in Fridao, Portugal. The band have described the album as* “an expression of the pent-up aggression we felt due to being inactive for so long, but it’s also a celebration of just getting to be a band, of getting to play music with our friends.*” The themes of aggression and celebration that inspired the album have resulted in 11 tracks that find the band sounding as vital and life-affirming as ever.
1. Renato Dall'Ara (2008)
2. Sad Suppers
3. I Broke Up In Amarante
4. A Slow, Slow Death
5. The Fall Of Home
1. 5 Flucloxacillin
2. Here’s To The Fourth Time!
3. For Whom The Belly Tolls
4. Got Stendhal’s
5. A Litany/Heart Swells
6. Hung Empty
The LP is pressed on 180g heavyweight vinyl and includes a double-sided fold out lyric/poster insert plus a download code for the album.
Praise for Sick Scenes:
“Scene stealing stuff” **** – The Guardian
“This is the best they’ve sounded in years” ***** – Upset
“this is the an album where Los Campesinos! have finally embraced who they are” *****- Dork