(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)
Artist: Andy Bell
Album Title: The view from halfway down
Year released: 2020
Details: Blue vinyl
The skinny: If you follow me on Instagram as well, you’ll know that I try to post a picture of what’s spinning on my turntable every Sunday. You’ll also know that this very record was my #sundayspin last week and that I admitted there that I didn’t actually listen to Andy Bell’s solo album, “The view from halfway down”, when it was first released back in October of last year. Even now, I couldn’t tell you why, given how much of a fan I am of all the bands with which he has worked (Beady Eye notwithstanding). By the time I got around to it in December, I had already drafted my list, was deep into counting down my favourite albums of the year on these pages, and found myself kicking my own ass for my tardiness and for not being able to include it. I wasn’t too late, however, to snag a copy of it in blue coloured vinyl, a chance I would not let pass me by. The album only vaguely sounds of his work in Oasis and Ride but the sentiments are there. It is pop music that dances across a shoegaze and psychedelic canvas, a breath of fog on a grimy window, a cloudy sky with just a hint of the light blue beyond. If you haven’t listened to it, do so now.
Standout track: “Love comes in waves”
4 replies on “Vinyl love: Andy Bell “The view from halfway down””
I’m not familiar with any of his stuff. Maybe heard his contributions on Oasis tunes, though I can’t be certain. Ride is a band that has been on my list to check out for an awfy long time, though.
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You should definitely check out Ride! Their debut and sophomore records are amongst my favourite ever and their most recent albums are quite good.
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I’ve added the first two Ride albums to the list to check out.
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