It’s ‘Nice to See You’ Again, Ricky Eat Acid
Multi-instrumentalist Sam Ray is best known as the brains behind Ricky Eat Acid's tripped-out electronica, and yet he's spent most of 2016 kicking ass in the pit, not the booth. Earlier this year, Ray reconvened his hardcore band Teen Suicide for It's the Big Joyous Celebration, Let's Stir the Honeypot, one of the year's wittiest, best punk records. Having just wrapped up their tour behind the album with Elvis Depressedly and Nicole Dollanganger, the band is currently taking a breather; so, naturally and unsurprisingly, Ray has shifted focus to Talk to You Soon, the follow-up to Ricky Eat Acid's 2014 effort Three Love Songs.
Considering Ray's two-year absence, it's only right that the musician's first taste of the album, due out October 28 via Terrible, bears the title "Nice to See You." Ray is up to his usual bass-dominant, chiptune-influenced trickery, but this time he's brought reinforcements: Infinity Crush's Caroline White and Blithe Field's Spencer Radcliffe, whose muffled hooks operate more as a textural embellishment than a melodic vehicle (at least until the end, when Radcliffe comes out on top).
Take a listen below. And Sam? It's nice to see you, too.
Talk to You Soon hits stores October 28 via Terrible.