Ride’s Andy Bell announces debut solo album and shares new song
Ride guitarist Andy Bell has shared the brand new single ‘Love Comes In Waves’ as well as revealing details of his debut solo album, The View From Halfway Down, which arrives on October 9th through Sonic Cathedral.
The former Oasis and Beady Eye man has been pouring his heart and soul into making the new record over the past four years but, finally, he has put all the finishing touches on it during the lockdown.
“I’ve always wanted to make a solo album,” Bell said in a press release. He added: “I’ve always said I would do it, although I never imagined it happening like, or sounding like, this one does. I’d been sitting on this pile of almost finished tracks, along with all the other hundreds of ideas that had fallen by the wayside since I’ve been making music. Lockdown gave me the opportunity to find a way to present it to the world,” Bell said.
Bell continued: “There was a small kind of a parallel with me, sitting at home in London in March 2020. In the early stages of lockdown, you could feel the tension in the air, causing what felt like a global panic attack. But, in common with what I’ve heard from others who can experience anxiety for no reason in their everyday lives, I felt strangely calm in the midst of all of this, seeing things in my life very clearly. Such clarity allowed me to finally compile this record. In a way, to see my life flash before me and be able to curate moments of it into a 40-minute listening experience, then find a title that would fit. I also got a lot of DIY done.”
“My upcoming 50th brought everything more sharply into focus. If you imagine that my entire life was a freefall jump to my death, and you were feeling optimistic about me reaching 100 like my Gran did and getting a telegram from the Queen, this album would be ‘the view from halfway down’,” he concluded.