Ride guitarist and songwriter Andy Bell releases a new compilation album called Strange Loops & Outer Psych on February 10, 2023.
The CD-only release marks the end of the campaign for Andy’s second solo album Flicker, which came out to great acclaim in February 2022, and rounds up 16 tracks from his recent run of three EPs (I Am A Strange Loop, The Grounding Process and Untitled Film Stills) that were made up of remixes, acoustic versions and covers of songs that inspired the album.
The new CD release includes four tracks that weren’t included on the original limited-edition vinyl releases, which have all but sold out.
It also includes the majestic Maps remix of ‘It Gets Easier’, as heard on Lauren Laverne’s show on BBC Radio 6 Music, and his fuzzed-up cover of Yoko Ono’s song ‘Listen, The Snow Is Falling’ – which was recently given the official seal of approval when Yoko herself tweeted Innerstrings’ incredible video to her 4.5 million followers.
There are further remixes by David Holmes, Richard Norris, bdrmm, A Place To Bury Strangers and Claude Cooper, as well as covers of songs by The Kinks, Arthur Russell and Pentangle and five fragile acoustic takes on Flicker album tracks.
“Almost a year to the day since I released Flicker here is a technicolour companion piece that pulls together the tracks from the EPs to colour in the edges of the record,” says Andy.
“Influences, stripped down acoustic reworks and remixes by my friends, comrades and heroes all hopefully help the listener see where my head was when I made Flicker, but also it stands up as a decent listen in its own right.”
The CD was mastered in New York by Heba Kadry and is sequenced like a mixtape, which makes for a proper listening experience.
“Hatful Of Hollow is my favourite Smiths album, just saying,” explains Andy. “Thanks to everyone who supported my music in 2022, I appreciate you all, see you in 2023.”
The Sky Without You (David Holmes Radical Mycology Remix)
It Gets Easier (Maps Remix)
Our Last Night Together (Arthur Russell cover)
The Way Love Used To Be (The Kinks cover)
Something Like Love (Richard Norris Remix)
Listen, The Snow Is Falling (Yoko Ono cover)
She Calls The Tune (Acoustic Version)
Love Is The Frequency (Acoustic Version)**
Light Flight (Pentangle cover)
Lifeline (Acoustic Version)
World Of Echo (A Place To Bury Strangers Remix)**
Sidewinder (Claude Cooper Remix)**
Way Of The World (bdrmm Remix)
World Of Echo (Acoustic Version)
Something Like Love (Acoustic Version)
Something Like Love (Richard Norris Remix – Instrumental)**
** Exclusive to this release
INTERVIEW: Ride guitarist and songwriter Andy Bell on his series of EPs & second solo album, Flicker – listen here.