Limited LP: Translucent Vinyl
Montreal based trio Afternoon Bike Ride blend alluring dream-pop vocals, lo-fi beat music, sensitive acoustic instrumentation and leftfield production to create an irresistible post-genre signature sound. Set for release on 09/24/21, their self titled debut album is a sonic hug that collects 15 tracks conveying messages of self-love, kindness, community and hope. These songs lyrically flurry over instrumentals meant to incline the listener to pause their inner monologue and take a moment to breathe. Musician-producers David Tanton (aka Rhoda/Tender Spring), Éloi Le BlancRinguette (aka Thomas White), and Lia Kurihara (aka LIA) who also writes and sings for the group; met in Montreal and formed Afternoon Bike Ride in 2018.
Originally intended as a creative, collaborative aside to their own solo projects (collectively they’ve amassed 100’s of millions of streams), they found the music progressing. They say “We each felt like it was a space to experiment with different sounds than we were typically used to making. As we crafted our songs, we realized that our sound progressed into a more refined and intricate version of our beginnings, letting vocals take center stage on some tracks, involving different instrumentalists, spending more time on sound design, incorporating facets of unexpected genres wherever we can.”
Following EP releases with College Music and Dust Collectors, the project steadily developed throughout 2019 before signing with LA based label Friends of Friends Music in 2020. ‘Skipping Stones’ EP was released in March, which picked up support on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music.
The creative process towards the album began with the three friends on the rooftop of David’s apartment in Montreal. The warmth of life in Québec nestled in the purity of it’s winter proves to be a necessary tool in the uniqueness of this album. The engulfing warmth of their music is inspired by the lack thereof; this album is meant to kiss the coldest of hearts.
A1. Dog Years Feat. Middle School
A2. Before The Fall Feat. Ryan Hemsworth
A3. It’s Alright Feat. Imagiro
A4. Sunday Sketch
A5. I Can Only Imagine
A6. Terrace Rain
A7. Grid Search Feat. Sleepy Fish
A8. If I Was A Bird Feat. Kogane
B1. C'était Feat. Naji
B2. It’s OK, I’m Here Feat. Eli Bishop
B3. Summer Plums
B4. Sprinkler Oasis Feat. Santpoort
B5. Tomorrow Feat. Aso
B6. I'm Glad You’re Happy Feat. Park Bird
B7. Rise Again