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We Went Riding CD


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  • Audio CD (21 Jun 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Gwymon
  • ASIN: B003L8AKGW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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'We Went Riding' is the brilliant new album from Gorky's Zygotic Mynci co-founder Richard James; his second since the cult band went their separate ways. Richard's first, 'The Seven Sleeper's Den', was a slow burning collection of love songs and instrumentals sung in English and occasionally Welsh. Somebody said it sounded like the Velvet Underground with the ratio of New Yorkers to Welsh people reversed, and they weren't far wrong. This follow-up is an entirely different breed, a multi-layered extravaganza that sees Richard letting loose his inner pop auteur. ("I wanted to be ambitious in the production of this album," he says). Together with long time producer / collaborator / schoolfriend Iwan Morgan (aka Recall), We Went Riding enlists some of Cardiff's finest musicians to help realise Richard's vision, including Gorky's bandmate Euros Childs and singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon, who adds her bewitching vocals to the album's beautiful closing track 'From Morning Sunshine'. Recorded in a house in Pontcanna, Cardiff, overdubbed in various locations around Wales and polished off in Carmarthen, the album reveals the many faces of Richard James, most of which will come as a surprise to those who knew him as the quiet member of Gorky's, the architect of the band's softer side. At times raucous, psychedelic and plugged in, at others gentle, folky and countrified, 'We Went Riding' is a fully realised mini-masterwork. Reviews have now been confirmed in the following publications: Uncut, Q, Mojo, Clash, Shindig & Rock'n'Reel.

BBC Review

In the 1990s, Gorky's Zygotic Mynci were a peculiar Welsh group, influenced by prog and psychedelia, that nearly made it to the mainstream thanks to the radio support of Simon Mayo, Mark Radcliffe and John Peel. Richard James played bass for the band, but since 2006, the year that they split, he has been releasing his own songs, many of them full of the poppy hooks and folk textures that Gorkys once had. On the strength of this record, it is time for his talents to be recognised in their own right.

We Went Riding is James' second LP after 2006's The Seven Sleepers Den, and it offers many more colours and tones than his soft, sublime debut. It begins with Aveline, a tender love song to a girl who is always "in his mind", which slowly builds an eerie, ethereal mood, minor chords and melancholic sighs pointing to the depths that lie behind simple sentiments. James also plays with other genres elsewhere. Blues (Hey Hey Hey) is a swampy, two-chord growler about a girl that's "got me moving" that develops into a cacophony of noise, while Yes Her Smile's Like a Rose is lovely, but spiky, banjo-driven country. James' voice is always a comforting presence, however, a boy-next-door longing for love, then straining gently on the leash with lust.

James also brings in old and new friends to swell the ranks, and the atmosphere here is often one of joyful collaboration. Former Gorkys frontman Euros Childs lends his backing vocals throughout, while rising solo artist and Neon Neon collaborator Cate Le Bon joins James for From Morning Sunshine. A song tracking the passage of the day between two lovers, and an unknown element that may ultimately keep them apart, James only appears halfway through–singing "we were always waiting for a rainy day"–as Le Bon remembers, very movingly, the time they were together.

When James appears, it is a gorgeous moment, revealing an artist who knows when best to stay in the shadows, as well as saunter to the stage, which says much about his musical past, as well as his beguiling present. Long may he continue to take us with him, in and out of the spotlight, wherever he goes.

--Jude Rogers

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By P. Jones on 27 Mar 2011
Format: Audio CD
Discovered this album unintentionally while trying to find out when Euros Childs was bringing out new material. The tracks are quite mellow and the album is good for when you want to lock yourself away from the world. Particular favourite tracks are 'when the letter arrives' and 'we went riding'. Yes, it might sound as if it's been recorded in someone's lounge but it's not a bad thing. Buy and enjoy!
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By JB on 8 Oct 2010
Format: Audio CD
I bought this album without knowing what to expect, on the basis of liking the few Gorky's albums I own as well as hearing a Richard James session on 6music. I have to say I'm VERY pleasantly surprised.

Particularly pleasing are the changes of pace from one track to the next. Melodic acoustic songs of mesmerising beauty are interspersed with heavier, bluesier numbers to really get the toes tapping. No disappointments here, and plenty of real high points.

This is proper music, very impressive indeed. I can't recommend it highly enough - try it, you'll like it. A lot.
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By David P. Weber on 28 Sep 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I bought this album on the strength of a strong review in a trusted music magazine and I was not disappointed. It's tuneful and unpretentious.

It's nice to hear an artist melding influences into something they can call their own. It will probably make it into the Best of The Year lists for many critics...
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Drake on 22 Jun 2010
Format: Audio CD
Brilliant from the first listen, by the 3rd listen I was entirely swept up in its bounding, rippling musicality. A genuine musical treat from start to finish.
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful By nudger99 on 4 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
Some impressive song writing on offer here, shame about the production.Sounds like it was recorded in some ones lounge, which it probably was
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