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Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride, the 2009 debut album by Australian duo The Black Ryder, earned the group a prime spot in the darker, more psychedelically inclined end of the rock scene, as well as praise and working relationships with more established artists like Swervedriver and The Brian Jonestown Massacre. Since then the pair have relocated to L.A. and recorded an epic follow-up, The Door Behind the Door, due out Feb. 24.
The track “Let Me Be Your Light” gives a good idea what the band’s all about, mixing shoegaze’s textural sprawl with an entrancing gloominess that nods heavily toward ethereal goth acts like Dead Can Dance. Vocalist/songwriter Aimee Nash says of it, “Amidst the chaos and noise of the times we live in it’s often difficult to make it through each day without being confronted by something unsettling, upsetting, disappointing or that we can’t make any sense of where things can go horribly wrong, and you’re left in a place of disconnection and darkness. Although some of these feelings are often unavoidable, the sentiment of the song comes from a place of reassurance. Like a voice I’ve often wanted to hear myself, that will tell you that things will indeed be alright, if you can hold on for a just a little longer. “