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VIDEO: “Let Me Be Your Light” –


“The film for The Black Ryder’s “Let Me Be Your Light” focuses on the theme of survival and genetic memory. One character travels across mountains of time to pull another from a state of suspension, beautiful and addictive ~ yet ultimately destructive. The black vultures tell us that such state of abstraction foreshadows a nearby end of cycle. The birds point to the vitality and chaos created by the gene of survival encoded into the natural world. Our characters have suppressed it and instead carry it around, like dead weight against vast landscapes of time.”  -Juan Azulay, video director
“Let Me Be Your Light” was written and conceived by Juan Azulay and The Black Ryder and it was shot with NY-based often collaborating cinematographer Katelin Arizmendi. It was shot on location in California, Nevada and Florida.
The Black Ryder plays NYC tonight at the Mercury Lounge (8pm set time) and then heads to the UK for a string of shows.  The band will head back to the US to open for The Jesus and Mary Chain on their North American Psychocandy tour, which also makes a stop at Levitation / Austin Psych Fest.


3/10 New York – Mercury Lounge &
3/13 Glasgow, UK – Stereo
3/14 Machester, UK – Antwerp Mansion / Cosmosis Festival
3/15 Bristol, UK – The Fleece
3/16 London, UK – Birthdays *
5/03 – Detroit, MI – St Andrew’s Hall $
5/05 – Chicago, IL – Riviera $
5/07 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory $
5/09 – Austin, TX – Levitation / Austin Psych Fest $
5/11 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre $
5/13 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre $
5/14 – Seattle, WA – Showbox $
5/16 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield $
5/17 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield $

* = w/ The Vacant Lots
& = w/ White Hills
$ = w/ The Jesus and Mary Chain



photo by Cara Robbins


What the press has said about The Black Ryder:

THE GUARDIAN: The Door Behind the Door, is beautifully slow burning, its grinding guitars and heavy layers of dark, feted romance akin to Spiritualized and the Jesus and Mary Chain.
PITCHFORK: The moaning feedback drone in “Seventh Moon” has the gorgeousness of a Neil Halstead lead, “Let Me Be Your Light” has a candy-kissed psychedelic swirl, strings and all, that serves as the perfect backdrop for Nash’s whispery vocals, and “Until the Calm of Dawn” brings to mind the acid-fried Disneyfications of prime Mercury Rev, with a twinkly music box set against a sweeping orchestral arrangement.

NOISEY: The Black Ryder tends to swirl together breathy post-rock crescendos, plaintive shoegaze melodies, and psychedelic sprawl to create a greater, sprawling whole. The LA-based Australian duo (comprised of former couple Aimée Nash & Scott Von Ryper) does so to great effect on its latest record, The Door Behind the Door.

STEREOGUM: Ethereal drone, ceremonial percussion, and dead-eyed harmonies carry on together until they build up to something sublime. There’s never really a climax because the whole thing feels like one overwhelming wave of gorgeous noise.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The Black Ryder’s ‘Let Me Be Your Light’ is gothy shoegaze perfection. 

LOUDER THAN WAR: They sound like the greatest band that Creation never released in their golden period and their blissful tripped out indie perfection is quite magical.

UNCUT MAGAZINE: 8/10 – Nu-shoegazers trip the dark fantastic. Offering black-on-black swirls of hypnotic psych gloom, The Black Ryder’s belated follow-up to 2009’s ‘Buy The Ticket, Take the Ride’ is a heavy trip indeed… constructing intricate mini-universes of MBV-like noise on the brilliant ‘Let Me Be Your Light’ or exploring Primal Scream-ish acid-soul on ‘Throwing Stones’.


NYLON MAGAZINE: Their music is spiked with feedback the way a murder cocktail is spiked with arsenic, but it’s the dreamy vocals of singer Aimee Nash that somehow turns the band into something more than a trippy daydream of chords. For times in need of mellowness – like Mondays, definitely – we highly recommend turning up your computer speakers and streaming their stuff online. Just don’t forget to breathe. (BAND CRUSH)



The Black Ryder 
The Door Behind The Door  
(The Anti-Machine Machine) 

Street Date: Feb. 24, 2015

Buy it here 

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Track List:

1. babylon
2. seventh moon
3. the going up was worth the coming down
4. let me be your light
5. santaria
6. throwing stones
7. all that we are
8. until the calm of dawn
9. (le dernier sommeil) the final sleep
cover art image is a collaboration with LA based artist Suzy Poling