Ride guitarist/singer Andy Bell’s new single ‘Skywalker’ is out today. It occupies the middle ground between Revolver-era Beatles and Neu! and is one of the highlights of his acclaimed debut solo album, The View From Halfway Down, which was released late last year. You can watch Jean De Oliviera’s incredible psychedelic colour burst video for the full-length album version of the song below.
The single includes a stripped-down acoustic version and an incredible, euphoric banger of a remix by Pye Corner Audio.
“It is dedicated to my daughter, Leia, who was named after the Star Wars princess,” explains Andy of the song. “It’s about being a parent, watching your children grow up, reach adulthood, and live their lives, and feeling unbelievably proud of them. It’s for all my kids but inspired by my eldest. Musically, I was channelling Michael Rother and Neu! and the Roland synth reminds me of World Of Twist.”
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During the #TimsTwitterListeningParty for Andy’s album, just after its release in October, none other than Luke Skywalker himself, aka actor Mark Hamill, got involved in the discussion about this track. No surprise, as the Force is strong with this one…