Now here’s a new one – an 8-minute track split in half and put onto different sides of a vinyl. You’ve got to hand it to Speedy Wunderground, they’re an inventive bunch and their way of showcasing the latest sounds from JW Ridley match up to the rather off-kilter manner of his delivery.
Think War on Drugs with a little more of an industrial feel, this is a slow-burner that rumbles along with a slight bounce in its step behind a voice that sounds world-weary and full of a lifetime’s worth of experience already. The London-based Mr Ridley stumbles along through the track as if he’s had a couple too many yet his mind still feels as clear as an icy winter’s eve. There’s never any feeling that this needs to go into over-drive, it retains an almost soothing balance which is sure to keep you on the straight and narrow, even as the guitar fritters away with a simple yet incredibly effective solo as we welcome in the final throws.
Stay tuned for part 2 – if it’s anything like this, which I’m sure it will be, then it’s more worth waiting for than when you’re anxiously anticipating your favourite show to be on Netflix.