Comprised of Aimee Nash (vocals, guitar keyboards and percussion) and Scott Von Ryper (vocals, guitar, keyboards and percussion), the now Los Angeles– based (by way of Australia) duo of The Black Ryder gained national attention in their homeland and then international attention as songs from their critically acclaimed debut effort, Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride appeared on House, Damages, the Twilight: New Moon soundtrack and in the advertising campaigns for several fashion brands including Diesel, MANIAMANIA and The Third Mind. Also during that period, the duo went on an international tour, which included a lengthy North American leg, and collaborated with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club; however, despite the accolades and success, Nash and Von Ryper divorced – while remaining musical collaborators.
Released late last month, the duo’s sophomore effort, The Door Behind The Door may further cement their reputation for crafting a brooding, dense and extremely textured wall of psychedelic sound that at times may channel the likes of The Stone Roses and The Raveonettes. The album’s latest single “Let Me Be Your Light” may arguably be the most hauntingly gorgeous song they’ve released to date. Channeling Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Church, and The Verve, the sparsely arranged song begins with chiming percussion, slowly undulating feedback from a gently strummed guitar and drums, before Nash enters with her smokily ethereal vocals full of quiet resolve, the song as Nash explained in an interview with the folks at Interview, “comes from a place of reassurance, like a voice i’ve often wanted to hear myself, that could tell you that everything will indeed be alright, if you can hold on for just a bit longer.”
Inspired by Spanish video artist Greta Alfaro, filmmaker Franco Nero, and photographer Lucien Clergue, and shot in the Nevada and California desert, as well as in Florida, the video is comprise of imagery that’s ominous yet ethereal and evokes an aching desire towards transcendence and ascension, a desire that’s at the very core of the song.