Andy Bell streams acid folk-inspired single Cherry Cola

Andy Bell
(Image credit: Shiarra Bell)

Ride and former Oasis guitarist Andy Bell has streamed his new single, the acid folk-inspired Cherry Cola. It’s taken from his debut solo album The View From Halfway Down which is out now on Sonic Cathedral. Cherry Cola, which you can listen to below, is released on November 27.

“It’s gone through many changes and rewrites since then,” says Bell of the new single, the follow-up to the trippy psychedelia of Love Comes In Waves. “But it’s a very special song to me. It gives me a lovely sense of déjà vu. It’s not musical, it’s not a memory, it’s something in between and it’s very dreamlike.”

The View From Halfway Down finds Bell exploring more psych, prog and krautrock orientates material. Prog Magazine called the album "a delightful surprise from an unexpected source".

“I’ve always wanted to make a solo album, I’ve always said I would do it, although I never imagined it happening like, or sounding like, this one does. I’d been sitting on this pile of almost finished tracks, along with all the other hundreds of ideas that had fallen by the wayside since I’ve been making music. Lockdown gave me the opportunity to find a way to present it to the world.

“The album is not about songwriting. There aren’t many verses or choruses, because this album is about sounds, a listening experience.”

Jerry Ewing

Writer and broadcaster Jerry Ewing is the Editor of Prog Magazine which he founded for Future Publishing in 2009. He grew up in Sydney and began his writing career in London for Metal Forces magazine in 1989. He has since written for Metal Hammer, Maxim, Vox, Stuff and Bizarre magazines, among others. He created and edited Classic Rock Magazine for Dennis Publishing in 1998 and is the author of a variety of books on both music and sport, including Wonderous Stories; A Journey Through The Landscape Of Progressive Rock.