Ride are back with their second album since reforming — it’s titled This is Not a Safe Place via Wichita. They once again teamed with producer Erol Alkan and mixer Alan Moulder, both of whom worked on 2017’s Weather Diaries, which came together quickly at the end of 2018. The first single is the sparkling Future Love which feature Ride’s lush, signature harmonies. They’ve always had a Byrds side to them and that plays out nicely here in a Twisterella kind of way.
The album’s title was inspired by one of the “hobo code” symbols once used by those who travelled the railroads of the US, and then found in the early artwork of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The phrase clearly resonates with the current state of the world – politically and environmentally. This Is Not A Safe Place is arguably the Ride album with the broadest sonic palette thus far. You can hear sounds and styles that span their entire catalogue but, both musically and lyrically, this is clearly an album made by a band who love being back together and who are at the very top of their game.
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