I managed to rip today's performance of title track 'Weather Diaries' (previously known as Untitled #1) from a festival in Denmark. It's pretty much what we heard already, with some cool sounds added. Love the droning guitars and the Pink Floyd-esque solo, very good track overall.
EDIT: mp3 rip of the full set (11 songs) available in THIS THREAD.
Same here, really surprised by such positive reviews (haven´t heard anything yet). I was trying not to expect too much cause I don't want to be disappointed when the album arrives, but those reviews got me really excited...
Here are two very interesting videos where the band talks about conceiving and recording Lannoy Point and Home Is a Feeling. I hope we get some of the same stuff for the other album tracks too, I love watching this kind of "behind the scenes" interviews.
The album is VERY good. My expectations weren't super-high but they managed to surprise me.
There are some clunky lyrics here and there (as with most of Ride material, to be fair) and there's probably one slow piece too much near the end (Impermanence?), but overall it sounds very eclectic and ambitious. Not what you'd expect from four guys well past their forties in age!
Charm Assault is definitely the weakest track on the record... It wasn't a great choice for the first single, Lateral Alice is a better rocker. Short and infectious.
And now, speaking of the other tracks we hadn't heard yet...
Rocket Silver Symphony is a krautrock-infused track with lots of electronic touches which culminates in an explosive, very Ride-ish chorus. Sounds like Ride mixed with Kraftwerk and The Chemical Brothers... one of the highlights of the album for me. Cali sounds like summer. It reminds me of a shoegazy version of Millionaire for some reasons (in a good way), shaped on a progression of heavily-reverberated, poppy chords. White Sands, the album closer, is surprisingly calm and moody. I get a lot of Doves vibes from it, it totally sounds like an outtake from their Lost Souls album.
Also... it is worth noting that the album is very well produced, mixed and mastered. The songs have a lot of dynamics, it's not insanely loud or compressed beyond a reasonable limit. Everything sounds very spacious and tridimensional, with sound FXs and guitars using the whole stereo spectrum (it's definitely best enjoyed with headphones in that sense). Tremendous work from Erol Alkan and Alan Moulder.
Very disappointed. That and Arcade Fire last tracks and the first Alvvays new tune... let's stay optimistic though.
Knowing your dislike for Ballad of the Mighty I and similar sounding stuff, I can perfectly understand why you're disappointed
I'll have to disagree on this though, I'm enjoying it very much at the moment. I love how diverse it sounds. People shouldn't expect Nowhere part II or a shoegaze record though, it's quite far from that.
Post by andybellwillring on Jun 18, 2017 16:40:53 GMT -5
Solid 8/10 so far, exceeded expectations.
Favourites so far are Lannoy Point, All I Want and Rocket Silver Symphony. The title track and Cali are growers too but I need to listen to the back half more before I really get a complete opinion of it. The only one I feel is subpar is Charm Assault.
Ok its been a couple days with the album, time to chime in. Lannoy Point is by far the best moment on the entire album. What a track. Easily maybe a top 5 Ride song all time. After that I dig Lateral Alice, Cali and Rocket Silver Symphony. Charm Assault sounds like something Beady Eye would have cooked up. Too cheesy for me. Production is strong throughout the LP. Not as good as Slowdive which hit a grand slam earlier this year.