Mark Gardener – Chained

It has been quite the rollercoaster of activity for shoegaze pioneers Ride over the past few years. Since deciding to reunite they have released two successful studio albums, two remix albums and toured extensively. The band wrapped up activity just as we entered the current Covid-19 crisis and the band members are taking a well-deserved break.

In the case of frontman Mark Gardener this has allowed him more time for pursuing production, mixing, mastering projects in his new purpose-built OX4 Sound studio. It was in Paris, however, that he recorded his new collaborative single, ‘Chained’, with long-time friend Stephan Haeri (aka 2Square) of France’s Telepopmusik.

The dreamy soundscapes crafted by Haeri are a perfect foil to Gardener’s lyrics. He reflects on past struggles and some personal demons. The overall mood of the track is very agitated and raw leaving the listener affected and uneasy.  The track is about Marks home in Oxford in the years following Rides initial break up. He would always end up having big and good nights drinking, getting high and listening to records until dawn for a period; hence the line “Chained till dawn to find a new way.”

Gardener notes that this is “up there with my favourite collaborations ever”, saying this will “hopefully take our minds away from all current madness we’re living in”.

‘Chained’ is digitally available now via Mark Gardener’s own Bandcamp page and will appear on other streaming and sales platforms soon. You can look forward to several more singles from this collaboration to be announced this summer.

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